Anthony Adverse
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When David O. Selznick produced the film version of the 1000-plus page novel Gone with the Wind, he declared he could not make a film running any less than 222 minutes. When Warner Bros. adapted the even longer Hervey Allen best-seller Anthony Adverse, the studio managed to pack everything--except the most censorable passages, which had made Allen's novel a best-seller in the first place--into 139 minutes. Surprisingly, the film version of Anthony Adverse moves rather smoothly, though it is nowhere near as involving (or as much fun) as Gone with the Wind. Fredric March stars as Anthony… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Readers wondered how those cinemen would succeed in putting the whole story into a single picture. As revealed last week, the answer is extremely simple. Warner Brothers do not succeed in anything of the sort because they do not try."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"An early stab at the swashbuckler from Warner Brothers, which proved popular at the time but hasn't improved with age."
‑ , Time Out
"Certainly doesn't hold up very well for modern viewers."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Fredric March as Adverse is an ace choice, playing the role to the hilt."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Lavish but overlong."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lame, over ambitious attempt at a globetrotting swashbuckler."
‑ , Film4
"We found it a bulky, rambling and indecisive photoplay which has not merely taken liberties with the letter of the original but with its spirit."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Though well-acted by Fredric March, Claude Rains and Sondergaard, LeRoy's lavish adventure is overlong and not particularly involving, despite a globetrotting plot (Cuba, Africa, Paris, and America) that spans decades."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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