H.M. Pulham, Esq.

H.M. Pulham, Esq.

Hedy Lamarr
Director: King Vidor Cast: Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr
, Robert Young
Robert Young
, Ruth Hussey
Ruth Hussey
King Vidor

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MGM was doing so well in 1941 that it could afford the occasional "prestige" film with little box-office appeal. Based on the novel by J.P. Marquand, H.M. Pulham, Esq., stars Robert Young as a successful but stuffy Boston businessman. The glimmer of sadness in Young's eyes indicates that his ascension to the top was not without its cost. In flashbacks, we see how Young considered changing the track his life was on in order to marry Hedy Lamarr. After marrying his wife, however, the man never strays. The film utilizes the Strange Interlude approach of interior monologues heard on the soundtrack, and anticipates Citizen Kane (which hadn't yet been released when Pulham was filmed) by building its entire narrative on the flashback structure. H.M. Pulham, Esq. contains what may well be Robert Young's best performance, though few filmgoers in 1941 were interested enough to see it.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316125458
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 9,410

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hedy Lamarr Marvin Myles
Robert Young Harry Pulham
Ruth Hussey Kay Motford Pulham
Charles Coburn Mr. Pulham, Sr.
Van Heflin Bill King
Fay Holden Mrs. Pulham
Bonita Granville Mary Pulham
Douglas Wood Mr. Bullard
Charles Halton Walter Kaufman
Phil Brown Joe Bingham
David Clyde Hugh the Butler
Sara Haden Miss Rollo
Harry Brown Charley Roberts
Bob Cooper Harry as a Boy
Harry Crocker Bob Ridge
Earle Dewey Chris Evans
Frank Faylen Sergeant
Byron Foulger Curtis Cole
Arno Frey German Officer
Ava Gardner Girl
Connie Gilchrist Tillie
Walter Kingsford Skipper
Ottola Nesmith Mrs. Prindle
John Raitt Soldier
Anne Revere Miss Redfern
Sid Saylor Preacher
Grant Withers Harvard Coach
Douglass Newland Sam Green
Leif Erickson Rodney "Bo-Jo" Brown

Technical Credits
King Vidor Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Lennie Hayton Musical Direction/Supervision
Elizabeth Hill Screenwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Harold Kress Editor
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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