The Magnificent Yankee

There aren’t many movies about the Supreme Court, so I was excited recently to find “The Magnificent Yankee” on iTunes.  This was a 1950 film starring Louis Calhern (who played Julius Caesar in the great 1953 movie version of the Shakespeare play) as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.  Basically, the movie is about Holmes’ relationship with his wife, his law clerks, and Justice Brandeis.

While there were a couple of nice scenes, the movie is a colossal bore.  Calhern was nominated for an Oscar, so somebody must have liked the movie, but I’d be hard pressed to tell you why.  I’d be curious to hear what other people who have seen this think.

One last note, I will be at the SEALS Conference from Thursday to Saturday.  Hopefully I can catch up with people there.

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3 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    “Talk of the Town” with Cary Grant is even a rarer animal, perhaps — the judicial nomination movie.

  2. Paul Horwitz says:

    The movie was poor. But Calhern was great in other films.

  3. Joe says:

    Wikipedia’s entry for the film notes:

    “A Hallmark Hall of Fame television production of the same title was broadcast in 1965 starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.” Now, that’s intriguing.