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The Magnificent Yankee

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Starring Louis Calhern as the groundbreaking legal giant Oliver Wendell Holmes, THE MAGNIFICENT YANKEE is perhaps the most far afield from his normal metier of any film that John Sturges worked on. Nonetheless, he acquits himself well in a biopic that mainly concentrates on Holmes's peaceful domestic life. Arriving in Washington as a Supreme Court appointee in 1902, Holmes goes on to establish himself in the next 30 years as he Great Dissenter--"the most illustrious figure in the history of American law," according to Judge Richard Posner. Holmes and his wife, Fanny, have no children but enjoy a happy marriage, and he takes a paternal interest in the 35 law clerks who work for him during the period, a list that includes many familiar names, from Louis Brandeis to Alger Hiss. Well-known friends of the judge's such as novelist Owen Wister (THE VIRGINIAN) and historian Henry Adams (MONT ST. MICHEL ET CHARTRES) also make an appearance. When he turns 80, the justice's clerks all return to celebrate his birthday. A literate, if sentimental, tribute, its depiction of the jurist as a kindly old man leaves the source of his eminence something of a mystery. However, it features a finely modulated perfomance by Calhern in the title role.
  • Credits
    Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, James Lydon, Philip Ober, Ian Wolfe, Edith Evanson, Richard Anderson, Herbert Anderson
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