Magnificent Obsession

Synopsis: When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when Merrick learns Phillips' secret, to give selflessly and in secret, he tries it in a ham-handed way. The result further alienates Phillips' widow, Helen, with whom Merrick has fallen in love. Merrick's persistence causes another tragedy, and he must remake his life, including going back to medical school, in an attempt to make amends and win her love.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Douglas Sirk
Production: Universal
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

at the other end of the lake.

- The police came for it just before this...

- Bob Merrick!

Oh, you don't know him. I do.

He's a stupid, spoilt darn fool.

And now, to think Bob Merrick is

alive because of Dad's resuscitator

and Dad is dead...

I could kill him!



I loved him so much, Derwin.

With all my heart.

And we only had these few

short months together.

I don't know how you're supposed to do it.

Just take the barge out and get her up.

Don't bother me with

excuses. Get it done.

When does Campbell

get in from Detroit?

I don't want anybody else touching

those engines. Don't argue.

- If I may take your temperature.

- Nonsense. I'm not even lukewarm.

That's better. And have Jerry call me as

soon as he hears about the insurance.

- Am I getting out of here today?

- The very instant you're able to leave

we shall be happy to

sign your discharge.

- But first...

- This is ridiculous. I'm perfectly healthy.

A small respiratory infection, a slight

concussion, but no subdural clot.

A subdural clot, Doctor, is a haematoma

anywhere in the cranial cavity.

Thank you. I merely wondered where

you acquired that piece of information.

Let me have a line. I was in med

school when my father died.

I haven't wasted all my time.

Why did you quit?

Too rough for a Merrick?

I'll tell you why.

My father died at 42...

Hello. Val?



Suddenly it seemed sensible to enjoy life

while I could. Let me have another line.

My, how you've succeeded

Hello, Val. How have

you been, baby?

Don't go in, Nancy. You have to make a

formal request to take his temperature.

When I think Dr Phillips died

so that he could live.

Yes. What a complete waste.

- Have you talked to Helen today?

- No. Not since yesterday.

She's coming over this morning to

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Robert Blees

Robert Blees (June 9, 1918 Lathrop, Missouri – January 31, 2015) was an American writer and producer of films and TV. He died on January 31, 2015. more…

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