Review: ‘Of Human Bondage’

Somerset Maugham story has been given excellent period mounting to fit early London background, is well-played and directed in individual sequences, but lacks overall smoothness.

Somerset Maugham story has been given excellent period mounting to fit early London background, is well-played and directed in individual sequences, but lacks overall smoothness.

Top roles go to Eleanor Parker, as the tart; Paul Henreid, the sensitive artist-doctor, and Alexis Smith, novelist. A third femme love interest is Janis Paige. Three femmes represent various loves that enter the life of Henreid, frustrated artist, but major interest is concentrated on character played by Parker and how she affects Henreid’s happiness.

Edmund Goulding’s direction gets good work out of the cast generally and helps interest although most of major characters carry little sympathy, Parker’s work is excellent, as is Henreid’s depiction of the self-pitying cripple. Smith’s role has been edited to a comparatively small part.

Of Human Bondage

Production

Warner. Director Edmund Goulding; Producer Henry Blanke; Screenplay Catherine Turney; Camera Peverell Marley; Editor Clarence Kolster; Music Erich Wolfgang Korngold; Art Director Hugh Reticker, Harry Kelso

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Eleanor Parker Paul Henreid Alexis Smith Edmund Gwenn Janis Paige Patric Knowles
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