- 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: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- 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)
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The video stopped working toward the end Really unhappy with that since it was for schoolPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Edward G! And this is a fabulous performance in a very well-done old movie.Published 4 months ago by Slinknug
I've wanted this movie ever since I first saw it over 30 yrs ago. It was great.Published 5 months ago by Pineapple Pat
A good movie - gives a good biography of Dr Ehrlich and a realistic view of how research and (the beginnings) of drug discovery took place.Published 6 months ago by Mark B.
If you like Edward G. Robinson, you might like seeing him play a non-gangster role. His range and acting ability are phenomenal. Read morePublished 17 months ago by lynsey young
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