Review: ‘The Magnificent Yankee’

Magnificent Yankee is a fine translation to the screen of Emmet Lavery's Broadway play based on the life of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Magnificent Yankee is a fine translation to the screen of Emmet Lavery’s Broadway play based on the life of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Louis Calhern makes of the Supreme Court judge a robust, living character, scoring in all departments.

Lavery, in depicting Holmes’ life from Theodore Roosevelt through the inauguration in 1933 of Franklin D. Roosevelt, skirts but also mirrors the history of the US through that era. Holmes, with his lifelong friend and associate justice, Louis D. Brandeis (Eduard Franz), at his side, battles his way through many of the legal cases that won him the tag of ‘The Great Dissenter’ and revealed the two of them as the most progressive judges on the High Court bench during that time.

The Magnificent Yankee

Production

M-G-M. Director John Sturges; Producer Armand Deutsch; Screenplay Emmet Lavery; Camera Joseph Ruttenberg; Editor Ferris Webster; Music David Raksin

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Louis Calhern Ann Harding Philip Ober Ian Wolfe Eduard Franz Jimmy Lydon
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