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Shining Victory (1941)

In a Scottish sanitarium, a brilliant research psychiatrist works on a treatment for dementia precox. He falls for his altruistic female lab assistant and they begin a passionate tragic relationship.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Howard Koch (screenplay), Anne Froelich (screenplay) (as Anne Froelick) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stephenson ... Dr. Paul Venner
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Dr. Mary Murray
Donald Crisp ... Dr. Drewett
Barbara O'Neil ... Miss Leeming
Montagu Love ... Dr. Blake
Sig Ruman ... Professor Herman Von Reiter
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Dr. Thornton (as George P. Huntley Jr.)
Richard Ainley ... Dr. Hale
Bruce Lester ... Dr. Bentley
Leonard Mudie ... Mr. Foster
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Foster
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Esterhazy
Hermine Sterler ... Miss Hoffman
Billy Bevan ... Chivers
Clare Verdera Clare Verdera ... Miss Dennis
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In a Scottish sanitarium, a brilliant research psychiatrist works on a treatment for dementia precox. He falls for his altruistic female lab assistant and they begin a passionate tragic relationship.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amargo Triunfo See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The working title of the film was "Winged Victory", but this was changed when it was learned that Moss Hart was writing a morale-boosting World War II play with that title. Hart's play was later filmed with the title Winged Victory (1944). See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Thro' the Rye
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish tune
Incorporated into the score often during the Scottish scenes
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The doctor, his assistant, a nut - and where was Bette???
21 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

James Stephenson's last film in a short movie career was "Shining Victory," a very good B movie from Warner Brothers that costarred Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp, and Barbara O'Neill. Stephenson plays Paul Venner, a brilliant scientist who is basically run out of Budapest after a noted doctor steals his work and has no intention of being found out. It's odd in a way because you think the story will concern this, but it's actually peripheral. He winds up in a small Scottish sanitarium where he will be allowed to recreate his original work - trying to find a cure for dementia precox, a disease his father had. He is assigned a young, pretty assistant, Mary (Fitzgerald) whom he has no patience with, but he soon finds she is indispensable.

Given the character played by Barbara O'Neill, who is a secretary, Miss Leeming, and an incident that takes place in the movie, one senses that "Rebecca" was very much on everyone's minds. Where Mrs. Danvers is a cold fish and a soul of efficiency as her sinister agenda unfolds, Miss Leeming's shellshocked stare and muttered comments give evidence that she's definitely in the wrong part of the hospital the minute the viewer sees her. In one scene, she confides to Dr. Veneer that her sister can't sleep though she's on sedatives. "Is she married?" he asks. "No," she answers." "Tell her to drop the sedatives and get a husband," he says. Yeah, it's 1941 all right.

And that's really the major problem with "Shining Victory." Its main character, Veneer, is not very likable. In fact, he's downright nasty. The character undergoes a change, but instead of it showing here and there as the movie progresses, it's overnight, making him hard to warm up to until a really beautiful scene at the end. The last fifteen minutes of this film are actually the best part - there's a truly unexpected scene that dictates the rest of the film.

Geraldine Fitzgerald is lovely and gentle in her role as Mary and for me, her performance elevates "Shining Victory." Stephenson is credited with one more film in 1941, the year of his death at age 53, after only a four-year career in cinema that was preceded by years in theater.

One more thing - years ago, I saw a photo of Bette Davis dressed as a nurse and apparently, she appeared in this film as a joke on the director, Irving Rapper. Though I was aware of this and watched for her, I couldn't find her.


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