Magnificent Obsession Overview:

Magnificent Obsession (1954) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Douglas Sirk and produced by Ross Hunter.


This is the second adaptation of novelist Lloyd C. Douglas's (The Robe) best-selling melodrama about a doctor's spiritual redemption when he chooses to abandon his youthful indiscretions to devote his life to restoring the eyesight of a woman he accidentally blinded. After minor roles in programmers and Westerns, Hudson here found his first popular starring role, opposite Wyman (both of whom appeared together again in Sirk's All That Heaven Allows a year later). Glossy and meticulously crafted, Sirk's version of the soaper has built a cult following. Previously filmed with Robert Taylor and Irene Dunne in 1935.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressJane WymanNominated

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Magnificent Obsession (1935): Stahl Vs. Sirk Again

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 13, 2021 From 4 Star Films

As I continue my mini odyssey considering the differences between the melodrama of John M. Stahl and Douglas Sirk, one of the finest exhibit pieces is an early scene in Magnificent Obsession. The beloved Dr. Hudson has died because the life-saving pulmotor he needed was being used on someone else. A... Read full article

Varia??es sobre um mesmo tema: Sublime Obsess?o / Magnificent Obsession (1935 e 1954)

By L? on Nov 9, 2018 From Critica Retro

Varia??es sobre um mesmo tema: Sublime Obsess?o / Magnificent Obsession (1935 e 1954) ESTE ARTIGO CONT?M SPOILERS THIS ARTICLE HAS SPOILERS A hist?ria de “Sublime Obsess?o” ? o mais melodram?tica poss?vel. E quando o livro ? adaptado para o cinema, ele ajuda estrelas a s... Read full article

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 17, 2018 From 4 Star Films

This is the type of film that when the inevitable happens and a character mentions the title phrase a swell of angels voices begin to murmur and in one sense Magnificent Obsession is a sentimental even spiritual endeavor wrapped up in a soapy melodramatic morality tale. But the key is that if you kn... Read full article

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

By Beatrice on Dec 29, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Magnificent Obsession Directed by Douglas Sirk Written by Robert Blees and Wells Root based on a screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman and a novel by Lloyd C. Douglas 1954/USA Universal International Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Edward Randolph: Now wait, Merrick! Don’... Read full article

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

on Nov 13, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

“Once you find the way, you’ll be bound. It will obsess you. but believe me, it will be a magnificent obsession.” Douglas Sirk directed for the soap opera set. Those who?have ever enjoyed an episode of Dynasty, Dallas, Melrose Place, or Empire would do well to take a walk back to t... Read full article

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Quotes from

Valerie: [first lines]
Valerie: Bob! Bob, take it easy!
Dr. Bob Merrick: Easy? Where's that get ya?

Edward Randolph: Once you find the way, you'll be bound. It will obsess you. but believe me, it will be a magnificent obsession.

Dr. Bob Merrick: All art is to me is a name.

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Facts about

Jeff Chandler turned down the role of Bob Merrick because he thought the story was too "soppy".
'Jane Wyman (I)' appears as herself and narrates the trailer.
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