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Of Human Bondage (1934) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by John Cromwell and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)

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Best ActressBette DavisNominated
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Of Human Bondage (1934) (5)

By Brandy Dean on Nov 14, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

Of Human Bondage is the movie that signaled Bette Davis was more than one more (slightly funny looking) face in a row of Hollywood hopefuls. Her portrayal of Mildred Rogers, a waitress turned seductress turned adulterer turned unwed mother turned prostitute set a kind of template for the not so kind... Read full article


Of Human Bondage (1934) (3)

on Jun 28, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

Of Human Bondage is a frustrating, well-acted adaptation of the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.? The acting, and the entire narrative is pompous and overwrought, but said performances are surprising.? Bette Davis sizzles as the downtrodden succubus while Leslie Howard proved to me he isn’t a tal... Read full article


Of Human Bondage (1934) (2)

By Beatrice on Apr 4, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Of Human Bondage Directed by John Cromwell 1934/USA RKO Radio Pictures First Viewing Leslie Howard plays Philip Carey, a club-footed medical student with the soul of an artist. He falls helplessly in love with Mildred (Bette Davis), a waitress with a heart of ice who treats him like dirt. She fi... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: OF HUMAN BONDAGE (1934)

By Jennifer Garlen on Nov 6, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (1934) is the film that made Bette Davis a star, and it's easy enough to see why. Her portrayal of the morally bankrupt Mildred Rogers dominates the picture, despite the fact that Leslie Howard's character is technically the protagonist. Fe... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: OF HUMAN BONDAGE (1934)

By Jennifer Garlen on Nov 6, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (1934) is the film that made Bette Davis a star, and it's easy enough to see why. Her portrayal of the morally bankrupt Mildred Rogers dominates the picture, despite the fact that Leslie Howard's character is technically the protagonist. Fe... Read full article


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Mildred Rogers: [after having her baby] Funny looking little thing, isn't it? I can't believe it's mine.


Thorpe Athelny: Don't stand by my chair in order to make eyes at him.


Mildred Rogers: Good riddance to bad rubbish.


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The film that made Bette Davis a genuine star
Bette Davis wanted the role of Mildred Rodgers because she thought it would be her breakout role after years of starring in films that were getting her nowhere. She begged Warner Brothers studio chief Jack L. Warner to let her out of her contract so she could make the film. He relented because he was sure she would fail, but when her performance sparked talk of an Oscar, Warner began a spite campaign by encouraging academy members not to vote for her. At the time, the voting campaigns and the tabulation of the results were handled by the heads of the academy (of which Warner had a membership) and it worked in his favor when Davis was left out of the Best Actress competition. Supporters of Davis, shocked by her omission, petitioned the academy for a write-in vote. She was added to the nominees as a write-in but she lost to Claudette Colbert for her performance in It Happened One Night. As a result of this incident, write-in votes were henceforth disallowed. Also, as a result of Warner's coup, the academy decided to change it's voting practices and hand over the counting of the results to the independent accounting firm of PriceWaterhouse who still does the official counting to this day.
Bette Davis fully expected to be nominated for an Oscar for this, her breakthrough performance in films. When she was denied an official nomination, there was an attempt to make her a "write-in" candidate, a practice now barred by the Academy.
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