The Magnificent Yankee (1950 film)
|The Magnificent Yankee|
|Directed by||John Sturges|
|Produced by||Armand Deutsch|
|Written by||Emmet Lavery (play)
|Music by||David Raksin|
|Editing by||Ferris Webster|
|Running time||80 minutes|
The Magnificent Yankee is a 1950 American biographical film adapted by Emmet Lavery from his play of the same title, which was in turn adapted from the book Mr. Justice Holmes by Francis Biddle. The story examines the life of United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
The film was directed by John Sturges, with stars Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, and Philip Ober. Calhern created the role of Oliver Wendell Holmes in the play's original Broadway production, and the part was his only starring role in a sound film. A grateful MGM purchased the film rights of the play specifically as a reward to Calhern for playing secondary roles for the studio for years.
Cast and characters
- Louis Calhern – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- Ann Harding – Fanny Bowditch Holmes
- Philip Ober – Mr. Owen Wister
- Ian Wolfe – Mr. Adams
- Eduard Franz – Judge Louis Brandeis
- Edith Evanson – Annie Gough
- Jimmy Lydon – Clinton
- Richard Anderson – Reynolds
- Herbert Anderson – Baxter
- Robert Griffin – Court Crier
The film was not popular and lost an estimated $500,000.
For his score for this film David Raksin incorporated the songs "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Auld Lang Syne," and a portion of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square." Raksin also conducted the score. 
The complete score was issued on cd in 2009, on Film Score Monthly records.
- Glenn Lovell, Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges, University of Wisconsin Press, 2008 p64
- (CD online notes). David Raksin at MGM (1950-1957). David Raksin. Vol. 12, No. 2.
- The Magnificent Yankee at the Internet Movie Database
- The Magnificent Yankee at allmovie
- The Magnificent Yankee (1965) at the Internet Movie Database
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