Of Human Bondage  [DVD] [All-region]Eleanor
Parker (actor) Paul Henreid
format: all-region dvd | runtime: 105 min | quality:
Maugham's famous novel about a crippled, introverted medical student whose life
is almost destroyed by a coarse-grained waitress has found little success on
screen. The 1934 film with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis is the most
successful; the 1964 version with Laurence Harvey and Kim Novak a total
This miscast effort stars Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker: he
too sophisticated and uncomfortably wooden, she doing her best to convince as a
cockney. The film is solid and respectable, but ends up dull and unconvincing.
For all its intrinsic deficiencies, however, one keeps watching, buoyed by a
good supporting cast that includes Alexis Smith and Edmund Gwenn.
Human Bondage: Adaptation of Somerset Maugham's acclaimed novel about a
doctor's ill-fated passion for a promiscuous waitress. Drama starring Eleanor
Parker, Paul Henreid, Alexis Smith, Edmund Gwenn and Janis Paige.