Anthony Adverse
Anthony Adverse (1936)

This film version of Hervey Allen's best-seller stars Fredric March as Anthony Adverse, the illegitimate offspring of Anita Louise, the wife of Spanish nobleman Claude Rains. When Adverse comes of age, he inherits his foster… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 29, 1936
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

An early stab at the swashbuckler from Warner Brothers, which proved popular at the time but hasn't improved with age.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Certainly doesn't hold up very well for modern viewers.

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Variety Staff

Fredric March as Adverse is an ace choice, playing the role to the hilt.

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TV Guide

Lavish but overlong.

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Lame, over ambitious attempt at a globetrotting swashbuckler.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Lumbering adaptation has a great supporting cast and a variable performance by March in the lead. Holds your interest since there is always some new potential… More
Aj V
Not a great movie, but most of the story is pretty interesting, and some of the scenes are really exciting. What I hated about this movie was how long it was,… More
John Ballantine
A very difficult film to track down but it is totally worth finding. An adventure as only one of the older cinema classics could deliver.