Of Human Bondage

Synopsis: Abandoning artistic ambitions, sensitive and club-footed Philip Carey enrolls in medical school and falls in love with a waitress Mildred Rogers. She rejects him, runs off with a salesman and returns unmarried and pregnant. Philip gets her an apartment and they become engaged. Mildred runs off with another medical student. Philip takes her back again when she returns with her baby. She wrecks his apartment and burns the securities he needs to pay tuition. He gets a job as a salesman, has surgery on his foot, receives an inheritance, and returns to school where he learns Mildred is dying.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Cromwell
Production: RKO Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

KNOCKSArretez au coin, s'il vous plait.

Monsieur Foine. Yes, monsieur?

Could I speak to you for a moment?

Well, I've been studying painting

with you for some time now.

Do you think it's worth my whileWhy do you ask?

There's no sense in staying

unless I have talent.

If you are not certain about

your talent, why stay till now?

Because all this

is so beautiful to me.

In my youth,

it was also beautiful to me.

But now,

it is the city of lost illusions.

Is your studio very far?

No. Not very.

Let us go there. You will show me

what you have done. Yes.

Have you any money?A little. Not enough to live on.

Then, I must tell you.

There is no talent here, merely

industry and intelligence. You will

never be anything but mediocre.

And it is very cruel

to discover one's mediocrity only

when it is too late. I know.

That name does not belong there.

It belongs somewhere else.

Take your courage in both your hands

and make something of your life.

Have you anything in mind?

Well, you see...

..I have my limitations. I've always

been interested in medicine.

If one can't be great, at least

one can be of some use to people.


I don't know why I should 'ave such

a thing. Upon my word, I don't!

I've never had a day's illness

in my life.

It's a winter cough.

Many middle-aged women have it.

Well, I never! No-one's

ever called me middle-aged before.

It's time you got used to it.

All the same.

You're a nice one, deerie.

I can't say the same for you.

Good day, madam.

The rest of you come back tomorrow.

Get him ready.

All right, sir.

Are you the boy's father? Yes, sir.

What's the matter with you now?

You see what the matter is.

The boy has a club foot.

Carey, you'd better take this case.

It's a subject

you ought to know something about.

It's only for the looks of the

thing. I don't find it no trouble.

That's wonderful. I did. That's cos

you let them go on at you.

You're a little slow, Carey.

I'll instruct the class.

There are many varieties of

club feet. This is less interesting.

Yours would prove more interesting.Yes. I believe so.

Mind taking off your sock, Carey?

No. Not at all.

Keeps his feet nice and clean,

doesn't he?

Hm, yes. Talipes equinovarus -

malformation requiring you to walk

on the outside of the foot.

A very interesting example,

I must say!

Do you mind if I have a look?

Congenital club foot.

In simple language, a foot twisted

inward. The cause is not clear.

Hereditary influence plays a part.

Dr Little traces recurring deformity

through four generations.

When you've quite finished...

I say, old man, I like that!

French, isn't she?

Yes. She was a model in Paris.

I can't, for the life of me,

understand why you gave up painting.

I'd rather look at that all day

long, than at this! Woman, you know!

You can tell by the, er, pelvis.I like 'em with a little more...


There's life in the old girl yet!

Don't inhale, deerie!

I say! I've got to be getting along!

A little matter of a barmaid

at the Crown & Anchor.

Very nice, too! Cheerie-o!

Funny fellow, isn't he?

It must have been wonderfulIt was.

You really knew all thoseSome of them.

I wonder if you couldn't help me.In what way?

There's a girl

and I can't get anywhere with her.

You've been to Paris and all that.

I'm sure you can give me a starter.

I'd ask Griffiths, only he couldn't

remember whom he was doing it for.

You know,

say something to make her laugh.


What? You don't believe it?

You are too suspicious!

I say, she's marvellous, isn't she?No. She's anaemic.

You don't suppose she likesOf course.

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Lester Cohen

Lester Cohen (August 17, 1901 - July 17, 1963) was an American novelist, screenwriter and author of non-fiction. He is best known as the author of the novels Sweepings and Coming Home, and the screen play for Of Human Bondage. more…

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