Shining Victory

Shining Victory is a 1941 film based on the play, Jupiter Laughs, by A. J. Cronin. It stars James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp, and Barbara O'Neil, and it was the first film directed by Irving Rapper. Bette Davis makes a brief cameo appearance as a nurse in the film.

Shining Victory
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Directed byIrving Rapper
Produced byHal Wallis
Written byA. J. Cronin (play)
Howard Koch
StarringJames Stephenson
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Donald Crisp
Barbara O'Neil
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byWarren Low
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release date
June 7, 1941 (1941-06-07)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

A brilliant research psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Venner, is driven out of Budapest by another researcher who has taken false credit for Venner's work. After going to London, Dr. Venner is offered a job in a Scottish sanitarium where he can continue his research on dementia praecox, a disease from which his father had suffered.

Mary Murray, a young, pretty doctor, becomes his laboratory assistant. They fall in love, though she has plans to go to China to engage in medical missionary work in a year's time. Paul convinces her to remain with him, and the two become betrothed. A fire breaks out in the lab and Mary tragically dies in an effort to salvage Paul's valuable records. The deeply distressed doctor turns down several posts at prestigious universities in order to realize Mary's dream of helping the sick in China.

The working title of the film was Winged Victory, but this was changed after it was learned that Moss Hart was writing a play with that title. Hart's Winged Victory was filmed in 1944.


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