Of Human Bondage
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Of Human Bondage
The first of three film versions of Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage stars Leslie Howard as sensitive, clubfooted artist-cum-med student Philip Carey. Despite his yearnings for the finer things in life, Carey cannot extricate himself from a mutually destructive relationship with sluttish waitress Mildred Rogers (Bette Davis). After an incredible series of emotional disasters, Carey finally finds happiness in the arms of Sally Altheny (Frances Dee). The industry buzz in 1934 indicated that Bette Davis was a shoe-in for an Academy Award for her savage portrayal of Mildred, but her home… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Strictly so-so on its own terms, but invaluable as Bette Davis' star-launching platform."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Davis either grates or invigorates; either way, the rest of the movie hangs dully around her."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"The first and best of three Hollywood versions of Maugham's novel boasts a grand dramatic performance from Bette Davis, who scandalously was snubbed by the Academy; she was a write-in candidate for the Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Dated but compelling drama"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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