Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Man Who Could Work Miracles

H.G. Wells' The Man Who Could Work Miracles is a 1936 British fantasy/comedy movie with George Sanders (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Rebecca, The Jungle Book), Joan Hickson (Miss Marple), Roland Young (Topper), Ralph Richardson, Ernest Thesiger (Bride of Frankenstein) and George Zucco (Mad Monster, Fog Island). The film is based on a story with the same name by H.G. Wells. That story can be read here.

You can watch the film, except the last 5 minutes or so, from googlevideo:

I do wonder what happened to the ending. Sad.

That preacher seems to be no help at all, but he does offer words of caution towards the end. I loved the argument that those in power want no change, but he gives no thought to what wholesale change does in people's lives. "People remain people."

The New York Times review calls it,
a delightfully humorous fantasy with an undertone of sober Wellsian philosophy

Moria calls it "a spiritual follow-up of sorts to Things to Come that "comes out likably".

You can see Things to Come online, too.

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