The Story of Louis Pasteur
|The Story of Louis Pasteur|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||William Dieterle|
|Produced by||Henry Blanke|
|Written by||Pierre Collings
|Edited by||Ralph Dawson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The Story of Louis Pasteur is a 1936 American biographical film. It starred Paul Muni as the renowned scientist who developed major advances in microbiology which revolutionized agriculture and medicine. It was written by Pierre Collings and Sheridan Gibney, and Edward Chodorov (uncredited), and directed by William Dieterle.
Muni also won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor from the Venice Film Festival in 1936.
In nineteenth century France, chemist Louis Pasteur (Paul Muni) believes that diseases are caused by unseen microbes. His radical theory is dismissed by most doctors, particularly his most vocal critic, Dr. Charbonnet (Fritz Leiber, Sr.). Nonetheless, Pasteur carries on, with the assistance of a small group of loyal researchers, and finds a cure for anthrax. He also campaigns to have doctors wash their hands and sterilize their instruments before operating.
Charbonnet is so certain that Pasteur is a quack that he injects himself with some of the rabies virus. When a triumphant Charbonnet shows no sign of contracting rabies, Pasteur is puzzled, until his wife suggests that the sample may have gotten weak with age. This sets him on the right path to finding a cure. When a frantic mother begs him to try his untested treatment on her son (Dickie Moore), who has been bitten by a rabid dog, Pasteur risks imprisonment and possibly the guillotine to save the child. Even Charbonnet finally concedes that he is right. In the end, Pasteur is honored for his accomplishments.
- Paul Muni as Louis Pasteur
- Josephine Hutchinson as Marie Pasteur
- Anita Louise as Annette Pasteur
- Donald Woods as Dr. Jean Martel
- Fritz Leiber as Dr. Charbonnet
- Henry O'Neill as Dr. Emile Roux
- Porter Hall as Dr. Rossignol
- Raymond Brown as Dr. Radisse
- Akim Tamiroff as Dr. Zaranoff
- Halliwell Hobbes as Dr. Lister
- Frank Reicher as Dr. Pfeiffer
- Dickie Moore as Joseph Meister
- Ruth Robinson as Mrs. Meister
- Walter Kingsford as Napoleon III
- Iphigenie Castiglione as Empress Eugénie
- Herbert Corthell as Louis Adolphe Thiers, President of France
- The Story of Louis Pasteur at the TCM Movie Database
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- The Story of Louis Pasteur at Virtual History
- The Internet Archive holds a radio adaptation of the film, originally broadcast on November 23, 1936 by Lux Radio Theater.