Of Human Bondage (Force) (1934)

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Leslie Howard plays Philip Carey, a club-footed student of painting in Paris, who realises that his work will only ever be second rate, so he returns to England to study medicine. In a restaurant he meets and falls for Mildred, a blonde waitress (Bette Davis), who breaks a date with him to go out with an artless salesman. Carey meets, and is subsequently courted by, the sophisticated Norah but he cannot forget the waitress. Mildred visits his apartment explaining that she has been deserted and is pregnant. Although Carey suggest marriage, she deserts him again, this time for Harry Griffiths, a fellow student. Mildred returns once more, this time with the child but, although giving her shelter, Carey refuses her sexual advances and she destroys his belongings while he is out. Bonds that he needs to finance his studies are among these items and he is forced to leave medical school and become a salesman - but he becomes depressed and his health suffers. He is nursed back to health by Sally Atherny and her father. Later, he inherits sufficient money from an Uncle to allow him to complete his studies and have corrective surgery for his club foot. On qualifying, his application for a job as a medical officer on a steamship to Australia is accepted. He learns that Mildred has been admitted to the hospital with tuberculosis but she dies before he is able to see her. Released from his emotional bondage, he turns down the job at sea and is free to marry Sally.
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Leslie Howard
Bette Davis
Frances Dee
Reginald Owen
Reginald Denny
Kay Johnson
Alan Hale
Reginald Sheffield
Desmond Roberts
Tempe Pigott
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John Cromwell
Max Steiner
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Drama 1934 82:40 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
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English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
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