The Man Who Could Work Miracles

Overview

As a result of a discussion between a trio of gods over the true worthiness of Earth, a retiring British shop assistant is granted miraculous powers in this fantasy based on an H.G. Wells story. Roland Young stars as George McWhirter Fotheringay, whose new powers are virtually limitless; choosing to use them for good, he sets out to create a utopian society. Still, despite a succession of miraculous deeds, George's plans to cure all of the world's ills is met with disbelief. As proof of his power, George wills ...
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Overview

As a result of a discussion between a trio of gods over the true worthiness of Earth, a retiring British shop assistant is granted miraculous powers in this fantasy based on an H.G. Wells story. Roland Young stars as George McWhirter Fotheringay, whose new powers are virtually limitless; choosing to use them for good, he sets out to create a utopian society. Still, despite a succession of miraculous deeds, George's plans to cure all of the world's ills is met with disbelief. As proof of his power, George wills the earth to stop spinning on its axis, which results in its citizens flying off the planet into space. Because George is indestructible, he is able to shout out his last wish, which restores the world--and George himself--back to normal.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Man Who Could Work Miracles is a cheerful excursion into somewhat whimsical science fiction -- "somewhat" because it is more the treatment than the subject matter itself that is whimsical. Indeed, the basic messages behind Miracles are familiar ones of H.G. Wells: that mankind must find some way to end its obsession with wars and pointless aggression, that the differences between people make it impossible for one point of view to always prevail, and that absolute power by itself cannot bring about a utopia. But director Lothar Mendes treats most of this with a very light touch, helping to keep some of the preachiness at bay and therefore rendering it all the more effective. The plot itself is rather delightful and the screenplay has a number of inventive elements, starting with the trio of gods that open the film. Miracles also benefits from the performance of Roland Young in the title role, who is perfect as the non-descript, average "little" man suddenly elevated to heights of unimaginable power. What may be a surprise to modern audiences is how well the special effects have held up. While not on par with today's computer-generated work, they are still quite impressive and add considerably to The Man Who Could Work Miracles' impact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • UPC: 827421000873
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,424

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roland Young George McWhirter Fotheringay
Joan Gardner Ada Price
Ralph Richardson Col. Winstanley
Ernst Thesiger Mr. Maydig
Robert Cochran Bill Stoker
Lady Tree Housekeeper
Wallace Lupino Police Constable Winch
Gertrude Musgrove Effie Brickman
Edward Chapman Maj. Grigsby
Sophie Stewart Maggie Hooper
George Zucco Moody
Bruce Winston Cox, Landlord
Lawrence Hanray Mr. Bamfylde
Bernard Nedell Reporter
Wally Patch Superintendent
Jane Baxter
Ivan Brandt Player, a God
Mark Daly Toddy Beamish
Joan Hickson Effie
George Sanders Indifference, a God
Torin Thatcher Observer, a God
Technical Credits
Lothar Mendes Director
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Philip Charlot Editor
Edward Cohen Special Effects
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Alexander Korda Producer
Vincent Korda Production Designer
Ned Mann Special Effects
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Mischa Spoliansky Score Composer
H.G. Wells Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Man Who Could Work Miracles
1. Opening Credits [2:09]
2. Playing With the Planet [5:29]
3. Testing His Gift [6:52]
4. I Feel Queer [8:11]
5. All the Stuff in the World [9:54]
6. He's Crazy [7:27]
7. Looking fir Good Advise [7:58]
8. Swords No More [6:40]
9. Around the World in 60 Sec. [7:06]
10. New Years Eve [6:30]
11. A Splendid Palace [9:37]
12. Too Much Power [4:09]
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Disc #1 -- The Man Who Could Work Miracles
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