H.M. Pulham Esquire (Full Screen)

Robert Young is a successful but stuffy Boston businessman. The glimmer of sadness in Young's eyes indicates that his ascension to the top was not without its cost.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Warner Archives
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Robert Young ("Crossfire," TV's Marcus Welby, M.D.") is a successful but stuffy Boston businessman. The glimmer of sadness in Young's eyes indicates that his ascension to the top was not without its cost - a man who lived his life as he was told to, not as he would have chosen to. In flashbacks, we see how Young considered changing the track his life was on in order to marry Hedy Lamarr ("Ziegfeld Girl," "Ecstasy"). After marrying his wife, however, the man never strays. The story is told by building the entire narrative on the flashback structure (as in "Citizen Kane") along with utilizing the Strange Interlude approach of interior monologues heard on the soundtrack. Also stars Oscar-winner Van Helfin ("Shane," "Airport"), Oscar-winner Charles Coburn ("Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "The Lady Eve") and Academy Award-nominee Bonita Granville ("Now, Voyager," "The Glass Key"). Directed and written by Academy Award-nominee King Vidor ("Northwest Passage," "War and Peace").

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MGM was doing so well in 1941 that it could afford the occasional "prestige" film with little box-office appeal. Based on the novel by J.P. Marquand, H.M. PULHAM, ESQ., stars Robert Young as a successful but stuffy Boston businessman. The glimmer of sadness in Young's eyes indicates that his ascension to the top was not without its cost. In flashbacks, we see how Young considered changing the track his life was on in order to marry Hedy Lamarr. After marrying his wife, however, the man never strays. The film utilizes the STRANGE INTERLUDE approach of interior monologues heard on the soundtrack, and anticipates CITIZEN KANE (which hadn't yet been released when PULHAM was filmed) by building its entire narrative on the flashback structure. H.M. PULHAM, ESQ. contains what may well be Robert Young's best performance, though few filmgoers in 1941 were interested enough to see it.

Plot Keywords:

Affairs | Families | Infidelity | Psychodrama | Romance
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  • Sales Rank: 21,825
  • UPC: 883316125458
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