Magnificent Obsession

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Taylor plays a drunk whose reckless behavior causes the death of Dunne's husband. Taylor has an accident and is taken to the hospital where the late physician was beloved. He tries to make his regrets known to Dunne, and she walks away from him, then is hit by a car and blinded. This accident, compounded by the death of Dunne's husband, causes the wastrel...read more

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Taylor plays a drunk whose reckless behavior causes the death of Dunne's husband. Taylor has an accident and is taken to the hospital where the late physician was beloved. He tries to make his regrets known to Dunne, and she walks away from him, then is hit by a car and blinded. This

accident, compounded by the death of Dunne's husband, causes the wastrel to dedicate his life to becoming a doctor so he can operate on Dunne and restore her vision. Dunne's late husband had made a practice of selflessly aiding other people in complete anonymity. He was a wonderful person who did

much to help humanity, according to Morgan, a close friend of the family. Taylor now begins to hang around the mansion where Dunne lives. She has no idea that he is the man who accidentally killed her husband and caused her impairment, so they become great friends. Later, Dunne and stepdaughter

Furness attempt to find a cure in Paris but fail. Taylor and Dunne get closer and closer until she realizes who he is and that she cannot allow herself to fall for this man. She disappears and eludes Taylor's attempts at finding her. Taylor becomes a noted surgeon and the memory of the only woman

he ever loved haunts him. Then he learns that Dunne is in a Virginia hospital, far from her area. Her condition is worse than ever, and she desperately requires a most difficult and dangerous operation. At first, he is nervous about attempting it, but Morgan urges him on and Taylor uses every bit

of his expert skill to perform the surgery. In the last scene, the one that sold millions of dollars in Kleenex, Dunne looks up at Taylor, blinks to clear the moisture from her eyes, and we realize that she can see and she knows who it is who gave her that gift. Taylor smiles; he's paid his debt

and can now spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves. Only the steeliest of hearts can resist being tugged by the story and the performance of the two stars. Dunne was 35 years old at the time, but Taylor's commanding voice and film presence could convince any viewer that he was far

older than he was. The picture was remade in 1954 and shot Rock Hudson to the same heights Taylor once occupied.

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