The Story of Louis Pasteur

The Story of Louis Pasteur

Paul Muni
Director: William Dieterle Cast: Paul Muni
Paul Muni
, Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hutchinson
, Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
William Dieterle


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"Every time Paul Muni parts his beard and looks through a microscope, we lose a million dollars." Producer Jack Warner's lament concerning Muni's historical dramas is cute enough, but hardly backed up by facts; the economically produced The Story of Louis Pasteur proved to be a surprise hit for the Brothers Warner. The Sheridan Gibney-Pierre Collings screenplay concentrates on Pasteur's tireless efforts to find a cure for anthrax and hydrophobia. The famed French scientist is continually challenged and thwarted by his principal rival, hidebound bacteriologist Dr. Charbonnet (Fritz Leiber). The film's climax, involving a desperate Pasteur, the immovable Charbonnet, Pasteur's ailing daughter (Anita Louise), and a hydrophobia-infected youngster (Dickie Moore), is straight out of the Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight school of melodrama. Within the film's context, however, this contrivance works magnificently. Virtually thrown away by Warners upon its first release, The Story of Louis Pasteur was finally awarded class-A treatment when the picture proved to be favorite with audiences and critics alike; Paul Muni's Academy Award win was the mere icing on the cake. The film's success led to Warners' decision to go ahead with 1937's The Life of Emile Zola, also starring Muni. This time, the studio copped its first Best Picture Oscar.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2018
UPC: 0888574406257
Original Release: 1936
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 8,967

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Muni Louis Pasteur
Josephine Hutchinson Madame Pasteur
Akim Tamiroff Dr. Zaranoff
Anita Louise Annette Pasteur
Donald Woods Jean Martel
Fritz Leiber Dr. Charbonnet
Henry O'Neill Roux
Porter Hall Dr. Rosignol
Ray Brown Dr. Radisse
Halliwell Hobbes Dr. Joseph Lister
Frank Reicher Dr. Pheiffer
Dickie Moore Phillip Meister
Walter Kingsford Napoleon III
Herbert Corthell President Louis-Adolphe Thiers
Iphigenie Castiglioni Empress Eugenie
Richard Alexander Burly Farmer
George Andre Beranger Assistant
William Burress Doctor
Wheaton Chambers Alsatian
Mabel Colcord A Lady
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Actor
Alphonse Ethier Finance Minister
Brenda Fowler Midwife
Herbert Heywood Boncourt
Otto Hoffman Farmer
Wilfred Lucas Actor
Eric Mayne Lord Chamberlain
Frank Mayo President Sadi Carnot
Leonard Mudie Coachman
Tempe Piggott Woman
Jack Santoro Actor
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink Reporter
C. Montague Shaw British Reporter
Leonid Snegoff Russian Ambassador
Robert Strange Magistrate
Edward Van Sloan Chairman
Fred Walton Government Inspector
Niles Welch Courier
Lotta Williams Cecile
Baron Hesse Fat Doctor

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Pierre Collings Screenwriter
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Sheridan Gibney Screenwriter
Robert M. Haas Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Story of Louis Pasteur
1. Chapter 1 [1:16]
2. Chapter 2 [1:50]
3. Chapter 3 [1:33]
4. Chapter 4 [3:27]
5. Chapter 5 [4:26]
6. Chapter 6 [3:54]
7. Chapter 7 [4:08]
8. Chapter 8 [3:51]
9. Chapter 9 [2:02]
10. Chapter 10 [2:48]
11. Chapter 11 [3:52]
12. Chapter 12 [5:10]
13. Chapter 13 [4:12]
14. Chapter 14 [3:26]
15. Chapter 15 [5:31]
16. Chapter 16 [3:59]
17. Chapter 17 [3:48]
18. Chapter 18 [4:53]
19. Chapter 19 [4:20]
20. Chapter 20 [5:19]
21. Chapter 21 [3:43]
22. Chapter 22 [3:39]
23. Chapter 23 [4:37]
24. Chapter 24 [:10]

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