How Eleanor Parker was cast in Of Human Bondage

Here's a great newspaper clipping in which the great writer/director Edmund Goulding tells the story of how Eleanor Parker came to be cast in the 1946 film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage. The role had originally been played by Bette Davis in the 1934 version so Eleanor Parker had some big shoes to fill by taking on the part.

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  1. What a great article. I saw the film last night, and I thought how really remarkable Eleanor Parker was in the role. Every inch as good as Bette Davis was in the earlier version. I actually liked this version better than the first version. Somehow it seemed truer to how I imagined Mildred to look and behave, from reading the book. Paul Henreid was excellent as well, as was Edmund Gwenn. My only wish now, is for this version to be released on DVD, or blu-ray the way director Edmund Goulding had envisioned it. I have read that some of Miss Parker's best scenes were cut out of the final release print. If only the original footage survives somewhere in the Warner's vault, it could be done, and make an even better movie than it is now. Thank you.