Anthony Adverse (1936)

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In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves.


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  • Fredric March in Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Olivia de Havilland and Fredric March in Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Olivia de Havilland and Fredric March in Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Claude Rains and Anita Louise in Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Scotty Beckett and Fredric March in Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Claude Rains and Anita Louise in Anthony Adverse (1936)

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11 August 2001 | harry-76
Relic for Cinema's Treasure Chest
Hervey Allen (1889-1949) spun quite an elaborate, sweeping 18th-19th century yarn in the form of a gigantic novel, published in 1933, called "Anthony Adverse." It became a best-seller, and three years later Warner Bros. brought it to the screen, directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

The film was very long, comprehensive, and romanitc, in Allen's quasi-Dumas-Dickens-Tolstoy style.

Heading the cast were four of the screen's finest actors, leading players Fredric March and Olivia de Havilland; and supporting character players Claude Rains and Gale Sondergaard.

Providing the musical score was the legendary Eric Wolfgang Korngold (with orchestrations by Hugo Friedhofer) and classic masque and operatic excerpts by Monteverdi and Francetti.

The 141-minute film today seems much longer than it is, as we follow Anthony's detailed "adventures" in Europe, Cuba, and Africa, with America targeted as a final future destination. The whole production, which was considered of blockbuster size in 1933 (and still looks impressive), emerges more like a historic relic that is occasionally pulled from a treasure cabinet, to observe and ponder.

The whole feel of the film now seems dated and out-of-fashion, but then that's what most memorabilia is. It's merely dusted it off, polished, felt for the moment, then replaced along side other treasured pieces from the past.

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