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      The Magnificent Yankee

      Released Jan 18, 1951 1h 29m Biography List
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 53% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (Louis Calhern) spends his leisure time at his home, where he entertains guests with the assistance of his loving wife, Fanny (Ann Harding). His most trusted friend is Judge Louis Brandeis (Eduard Franz), with whom he spends hours debating the law. When Fanny dies, Holmes is heartbroken and aimless, but he finds direction again by dedicating himself to his court duties and teaching the Harvard law clerks who come to work for him. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press The Magnificent Yankee is a splendid contribution to American history. Jul 30, 2019 Full Review Manny Farber The Nation The theatrical Calhern mauls the process of growing old into a picturesque joke of rheumatism, fatigue, diminishing powers. Nov 24, 2020 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Low key near-documentary biopic, with interesting sidelights in US history and culture. Dec 5, 2016 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B Mar 2, 2013 Full Review Susan Granger www.susangranger.com Rated: 4/5 Aug 8, 2006 Full Review Nick Davis Nick's Flick Picks So inoffensive and so insignificant, it makes you wonder why a film version of Emmet Lavery's play was either desired or delivered...there's just no apparent motive. Rated: C Jan 23, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Very dated and pointless biopic. Because it was made during the HUAC years there could be no sign of anything political, or views on the law (other than safe bits about anti-trust topics), so it has nothing to say. Calhern is theatrical in the kind of role that demands little. He struts about and every line is a pronouncement or clever bit. He never has to truly interact with other actors. He acts AT them. That’s not completely Calhern’s fault though but the writer’s. Its just a slight, inoffensive, meaningless show. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 09/18/22 Full Review steve d Interesting and well acted. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review s r Not much in terms of a simple biographical plot, but it was still intriguing to see a story about a Supreme Court justice. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Very enjoyable bio-pic with a light touch to the material a great help from making it seem like a history lesson. Louis Calhern is simply great in the title role. He and Ann Harding have a wonderful easy camaraderie as Holmes and his wife making it believable that they are a long time married couple. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Delightful but uninteresting. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Fairly dull. While I realise that Oliver Wendell Holmes jr was a great and influencial man, and the movie linearly and faithfully recounts his Supreme Court days, the movie doesn't really capture what made him great. In addition the oldy-worldy gentileness and pleasantries cause this movie to not age well, and make it fairly boring. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (Louis Calhern) spends his leisure time at his home, where he entertains guests with the assistance of his loving wife, Fanny (Ann Harding). His most trusted friend is Judge Louis Brandeis (Eduard Franz), with whom he spends hours debating the law. When Fanny dies, Holmes is heartbroken and aimless, but he finds direction again by dedicating himself to his court duties and teaching the Harvard law clerks who come to work for him.
      Director
      John Sturges
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 18, 1951, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 22, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 29m
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