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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet [VHS]

4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp, Maria Ouspenskaya
  • Directors: William Dieterle
  • Writers: Heinz Herald, John Huston, Norman Burnstine
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Wolfgang Reinhardt
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: June 9, 1997
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304525117
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VHS 1940 black & white

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By A. Andersen on July 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Edward G. Robinson should have netted an Oscar nom for his finest screen portrayal - as the dedicated chemist and researcher, Paul Ehrlich. This is one of the great Warners screen biographies (THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR, THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA, MADAME CURIE). The screenplay is literate and absorbing. The acting is excellent, the direction tight. Ehrlich introduced the idea of treatment with chemical substances and developed a cure for both diptheria and syphillis. The screenplay was deservedly nominated for an Oscar but it is Robinson who shines in an atypical but superb performance.
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Tugs at the heart-strings. A compassion-laden film about a true-life German Doctor seeking the cure to some of the world's worst ailments, including syphilis, polio and influenza.

When an epidemic hits the country, he goes about pulling out all the stops to find a so-called "magic bullet" as a veritable cure-all, and finally accomplishes his goal in pill 606, named after the number of tries to perfect this ideal drug. After some unfortunate losses in a few allergic reactions, despite his own warnings to the medical community that there still needed some tests to be done, he is vindicated and is eventually and rightfully awarded the Nobel Prize.

There are some really moving and inspiring moments in the film, with the contemplation of nobility, ingenuity, and the passionate pursuit of knowlege. It is all worth it in the end when you see the faces of those formerly ill children and grown-ups beaming with healthy life again.
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I knew that Edward G. Robinson was an exciting performer, but never did I realize how masterful he was until I saw him in this wonderful role. The story is truly fascinating. The screenplay is sheer brilliance. Ruth Gordon excudes poise and sensitivity too. In fact, all the performers, are very well cast in this wonderful film. This movie is outstanding ~ a definite must see. You will be not only be fascinated and intrigued, but become so very well-educated about the pioneers of science regarding the fighting of disease, immunity, anti-bodies, innoculations, etc. FANTASTIC addition to your movie library. Definitely a must have!
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By Explorer on December 11, 2005
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Amazing !!! that a top-quality movie such as this is not out on DVD.
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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet is a beautifully crafted movie that tells the inspirational story of the German physician Paul Ehrlich, who developed the first synthetic antimicrobial drug. His work on infectious diseases saved hundreds of thousands of lives and changed scientific research forever. The biographical story of Herr Ehrlich's life work is masterfully presented by the skilled director William Dieterle, whose long and distinguished cinematic career includes such movies as "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1935), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1936), "The Hunchback of Nortre Dame" (1939), and "Portrait of Jennie" (1946).
I know I will sound old when I say, "They don't make them like this any more." But the loving care and attention given to every detail of this film is a shining example of the high art to which all movies should aspire. The finely crafted script was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing Original Screenplay in 1941. And the three screenwriters, Norman Burnstine, Heinz Harold, and John Huston, deserved to win.
Edward G. Robinson also should have received an Academy Award nomination for his compelling and poignant portrayal of Dr. Ehrlich in the movie. I think it is one of his finest performances, and that is saying something. Sterling performances from such fine actors as Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp, Maria Ouspenskays, and many others combine to make "Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet" a remarkable film. The people who acted in and made this film took their art seriously, and the results are exhilarating.
Anyone aspiring to be a good actor should study the fine performances given in this film. Anyone who wants to know what an excellent script should be, and how to bring that script to life, needs to look no further than Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet.
So, if you want to see film making at its very best, don't miss this intelligent and highly entertaining work of art.
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This is an inspiring movie. It shows how movies used to tell a true story and how in the film you see the prejudices of people toward people who are not of the same "faith" or not of the same ethnic group, and the prejudice of people over a disease. This movie chronicles the life of Dr Paul Ehrlich, who coined the term "chemo-therapy". The idea that chemicals could be used to cure and treat disease. Up until this time doctors prescribed valueless treatments that they knew had no use. It shows how you have to bend the "rules" sometimes or else nothing new ever comes about. Dr. Ehrlich bent the rules and developed an easy and fast method of diagnosing tuberculosis. He also developed the first cure for the disease syphilis. Its unfortunate that the world did not have a Dr Ehrlich around when the disaease AIDS was first showing up. It might have been stopped in its tracks. One of my favorite films. I often watch it and pick up things i missed the first time I watched it. This film also shows how in any new drug or treatment there is bound to be some deaths. But the cures outweigh the unfortunate deaths. Unrelated to this film is the "neanderthal" thinking of how we view drug use today and how stupid it is to keep certain drugs illegal. If certain drugs werte made legal of course their use would increase. It would be surprising if that was not a result. But the benefit in preventing deaths from impure, sometimes toxic , unmeasurable doses could be eliminated. It would be the only way to "control" the drug use in the world while also taking away the profit motive for the criminal element.
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