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Anthony Adverse- Anatomy of a Film on a Downward Spiral **1/2
Anthony Adverse was nominated for best picture of 1936! This is really
hard to believe. What's even more difficult to fathom is that Gale
Sondergaard was voted best supporting actress for her portrayal of
Faith Paleologus, a vicious, cunning, sinister woman. This was
Sondergaard's first film and she would begin her long career playing
such evil parts.
The movie started out interesting enough as Claude Rains killed Louis
Hayward, (Denis) the lover of Maria ( a beautiful Anita Louise.) Rains,
a Spanish diplomat, was married to Maria. Hayward and Maria conceived
their child only for Maria to die in childbirth.
Maria's father, Mr. Bonnyfeather, was admirably played by Edmund Gwenn.
When I read the book, I knew that the part of Bonnyfeather would be
played by Gwenn. He was perfect for the part.
Rains conveniently drops off the baby to a convent. The child grows up
to be played by Fredric March and he becomes an apprentice to
Bonnyfeather, not realizing that this is his grandfather. Faith is the
housekeeper to Bonnyfeather who shall inherit his money providing that
Anthony is out of the way.
The picture becomes uneven and even starts to drag when Anthony is sent
to Africa to recover his grandfather's fortune. It is there that he is
drawn into the slave trade.
The ending of the film is a real downer. It just goes to show you that
unhappiness seems to be inherited as well.
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