Magnificent Yankee, The


Louis Calhern, who usually played supporting roles, repeated his Broadway role as Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in this 1950 Hollywood version of Emmet Lavery’s stage play The Magnificent Yankee.

The film is for the most part confined to the Holmes home in Washington, where the good gray judge parries affectionately with his level-headed wife Fanny (Ann Harding).

Several historical personalities appear, including jurist Louis Brandeis (Eduard Franz) and novelist Owen Wister (Philip Ober).

The death of his wife

devastates Holmes, though he would serve his country for forty years.
In 1965, there was a TV production of Magnificent Yankee, starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

Oscar Nominations: 2
Actor: Louis Calhern
Costume Design (black/white): Walter Plunkett

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

In “The Magnificent Yankee, John Sturges’ adaptation of Emmett Lavery’s play, Louis Calhern plays Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Ann Harding plays his wife.

Calhern made his debut in 1921