The Story of Louis Pasteur Overview:

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by William Dieterle and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner.

Academy Awards 1936 --- Ceremony Number 9 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorPaul MuniWon
Best PictureCosmopolitanNominated
Best WritingPierre Collings, Sheridan GibneyWon
Best WritingPierre Collings, Sheridan GibneyWon

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The Story of Louis Pasteur

By Alyson on Apr 7, 2016 From The Best Picture Project

In our modern world, it can be baffling the way people used to think about modern medicine. ?Over and over in The Story of Louis Pasteur we hear doctors and scientists scoff and laugh at Pasteur?s ideas. ?Washing your hands after treating a sick patient? ?Silly! ?Boiling your surgical tools between ... Read full article

The Story of Louis Pasteur

By Beatrice on Sep 7, 2013 From Flickers in Time

The Story of Louis Pasteur Directed by William Dieterle Written by Sheridan Gibney and Pierre Collings 1936/USA First National Productions First viewing I enjoyed this inspiring biopic and Paul Muni’s perfomance as the French scientist. Irascible French chemist Louis Pasteur fights for years... Read full article

Anthony Adverse and The Story of Louis Pasteur (Double Missing)

By Alyson on Apr 29, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Sadly, there are two films in 1936 that are nowhere to be found.? As always, I’ll keep a sharp eye out for these wayward pieces of cinematic history and any advice on where to find them would be much appreciated.... Read full article

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[addressing The Academy of Medicine - directing his remarks to the young men in the balcony]
Dr. Louis Pasteur: You young men - doctors and scientists of the future - do not let yourselves be tainted by apparent skepticism; nor discouraged by the sadness of certain hours that creep over nations. Do not become angry at your opponents, for no scientific theory has ever been accepted without opposition. Live in the serene peace of libraries and laboratories. Say to yourselves, first, "What have I done for my instruction?" And as you gradually advance, "What am I accomplishing?" Until the time comes when you may have the immense happiness of thinking that you have contributed in some way to the welfare and progress of mankind.

Dr. Louis Pasteur: Jean, how many dogs have we left?
Dr. Jean Martel: Ten.
Dr. Louis Pasteur: Are they well? Healthy?
Dr. Jean Martel: In perfect condition. They've never been exposed.
Dr. Louis Pasteur: Give them hydrophobia.
Dr. Jean Martel: [in disbelief] You mean...?
Dr. Louis Pasteur: Give them hydrophobia.

[about Pasteur]
Dr. Charbonnet: You remember a few years ago, he was the cause of a slight controversy on the subject of sour wine.
Napoleon III: Oh, yes, I recall.
Dr. Charbonnet: He claimed to have found little animals in it... infinitesimal beasts.
Napoleon III: But are there such creatures? Do they really exist?
Dr. Charbonnet: Your Majesty, microscopic organisms have long been observed. They spring into being of their own accord wherever there is putrid matter or fermentation. They are the result rather than the cause of disease. By heating wine to certain temperature, Monsieur Pasteur was able to destroy them. I presume he plans to cure blood poisoning in the same manner: namely, by boiling our blood.
Napoleon III: Heaven forbid.
Dr. Charbonnet: It's not unlikely, I assure you.
Napoleon III: But, I won't have it, Charbonnet. I won't tolerate such practices. We're not living in the Middle Ages. This is France... Paris... the nineteenth century.
Empress Eugenie: I think Monsieur Pasteur should be allowed to defend himself.
Dr. Charbonnet: But, your Majesty...
Empress Eugenie: I, too, have read the pamphlet, Doctor Charbonnet. It said nothing about boiling blood - merely to boil the instruments that you surgeons use.
Dr. Charbonnet: Your Majesty, if I did anything so absurd as to boil my instruments or scrub my hands, they'd think I was a witch doctor resorting to charms and laugh me out of the hospital.
Empress Eugenie: That would be a novelty, Monsieur. Most people who go to hospitals are CARRIED out... dead.
Napoleon III: Yes, Cahrbonnet. Why?

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An electrician for Warner Bros. studio came up to Paul Muni after an advanced screening of the film and told him that his 9-year old son asked him to buy him a microscope because of Muni's performance. Even though he went on to win the coveted Oscar Muni said that this was the greatest compliment he had ever received and that all other accolades meant nothing compared to that compliment.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1936 with Paul Muni reprising his film role.
"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 13, 1946 with Paul Muni reprising his film role.
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