Shining Victory

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Shining Victory
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Movie poster
Directed by Irving Rapper
Produced by Hal Willis
Written by A. J. Cronin (play)
Howard Koch
Starring James Stephenson
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Donald Crisp
Barbara O'Neil
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Editing by Warren Low
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release dates June 7, 1941 (1941-06-07)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Shining Victory is a 1941 film based on the play, Jupiter Laughs, by A. J. Cronin. It stars James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp, and Barbara O'Neil, and it was the first film directed by Irving Rapper. Bette Davis makes a brief cameo appearance as a nurse in the film.

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A brilliant research psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Venner, is driven out of Budapest by another researcher who has taken false credit for Venner's work. After going to London, Dr. Venner is offered a job in a Scottish sanitarium where he can continue his research on dementia precox, a disease from which his father had suffered.

Mary Murray, a young, pretty doctor, becomes his laboratory assistant. They fall in love, though she has plans to go to China to engage in medical missionary work in a year's time. Paul convinces her to remain with him, and the two become betrothed. A fire breaks out in the lab and Mary tragically dies in an effort to salvage Paul's valuable records. The deeply distressed doctor turns down several posts at prestigious universities in order to realize Mary's dream of helping the sick in China.

The working title of the film was Winged Victory, but this was changed after it was learned that Moss Hart was writing a play with that title. Hart's Winged Victory was filmed in 1944.

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