Anthony Adverse

Anthony Adverse

Fredric March
Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Fredric March
Fredric March
, Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Mervyn LeRoy

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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 Adverse, the illegitimate offspring of Anita Louise, the wife of Spanish nobleman Claude Rains. When Adverse comes of age, he inherits the prosperous business run by his kindly foster father Edmund Gwenn, which he abandons for an aimless trip around the world after his heart is broken by childhood sweetheart Olivia De Havilland. Sinking deeper into the morass of alcohol and degeneracy in the West Indies, Adverse is regenerated when he is reunited with De Havilland, now the mistress of Napoleon Bonaparte. Suddenly enervated, Adverse battles the efforts of Claude Rains and Gwenn's duplicitous former assistant Gale Sondergaard to take over Gwenn's business. Along the way, he learns that Gwenn was actually his grandfather and that De Havilland has born him a son (Scotty Beckett). Instead of dying, as he does in the novel, Anthony Adverse takes his son to America to start life anew. Whew! Though no award winner itself, Anthony Adverse enabled Gale Sondergaard to win the first-ever "best supporting actress" Oscar.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2015
UPC: 0883316812921
Original Release: 1936
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 17,360

Special Features

Vintage featurette The making of a great motion picture; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredric March Anthony Adverse
Olivia de Havilland Angela Guessippi
Edmund Gwenn John Bonnyfeather
Claude Rains Don Luis
Anita Louise Maria
Louis Hayward Denis Moore
Gale Sondergaard Faith Paleologue
Steffi Duna Neleta
Billy Mauch Anthony Adverse, age 10
Donald Woods Vincent Nolte
Akim Tamiroff Carlo Cibo
Ralph Morgan DeBruille
Henry O'Neill Father Xavier
Pedro de Cordoba Brother Francois
George E. Stone Sancho
Luis Alberni Tony Guessippi
Fritz Leiber Ouvrard
Joseph Crehan Capt. Elisha Jorham
Rafaela Ottiano Signora Buvino
Rollo Lloyd Napoleon Bonaparte
Leonard Mudie DeBourrienne
Marilyn Knowlden Florence Udney as a Child
Mathilde Comont Cook Guessippi
Eily Malyon Mother Superior
J. Carrol Naish Maj. Doumet
Scotty Beckett Anthony's Son
Frank Reicher Coach Driver to Paris
Clara Blandick Mrs. Jorham
Addison Richards Capt. Matanaza
William Ricciardi Coachman to Leghorn
Grace Stafford Lucia
Bess Flowers Nun
Martin Garralaga Arab
Frank Lackteen Actor
Myra Marsh Actor
Zeffie Tilbury Old Woman at Chalet
Joan Woodbury Half-Caste Dancer
Ann Howard Angela (as a child)

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Dwight Franklin Consultant/advisor
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Sheridan Gibney Screenwriter
Anton Grot Art Director
Fred Jackman Special Effects
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Jack L. Warner Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anthony Adverse
1. Chapter 1 [1:07]
2. Chapter 2 [:48]
3. Chapter 3 [1:20]
4. Chapter 4 [:52]
5. Chapter 5 [2:48]
6. Chapter 6 [3:05]
7. Chapter 7 [5:29]
8. Chapter 8 [3:13]
9. Chapter 9 [2:55]
10. Chapter 10 [5:32]
11. Chapter 11 [5:46]
12. Chapter 12 [5:48]
13. Chapter 13 [3:24]
14. Chapter 14 [3:01]
15. Chapter 15 [2:13]
16. Chapter 16 [5:22]
17. Chapter 17 [:42]
18. Chapter 18 [1:47]
19. Chapter 19 [2:20]
20. Chapter 20 [5:51]
21. Chapter 21 [5:06]
22. Chapter 22 [4:04]
23. Chapter 23 [2:13]
24. Chapter 24 [2:17]
25. Chapter 25 [2:58]
26. Chapter 26 [4:20]
27. Chapter 27 [4:07]
28. Chapter 28 [2:21]
29. Chapter 29 [4:45]
30. Chapter 30 [3:57]
31. Chapter 31 [4:37]
32. Chapter 32 [4:15]
33. Chapter 33 [2:49]
34. Chapter 34 [3:46]
35. Chapter 35 [3:29]
36. Chapter 36 [3:18]
37. Chapter 37 [3:17]
38. Chapter 38 [4:59]
39. Chapter 39 [5:36]
40. Chapter 40 [3:46]
41. Chapter 41 [:56]

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