Madame Curie (1942)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama  |   Run Time - 124 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Michael Betzold

During MGM's Hollywood heyday, even the discovery of radium could seem glamorous. Such is the achievement of Madame Curie, as realized in the performance of Greer Garson as the famous scientist Marie Curie, with Walter Pidgeon as her scientist husband Pierre. Garson and Pidgeon had scored earlier with Mrs. Miniver. More historically accurate than most biopics of its time, this 1943 film was directed with customary aplomb by Mervyn Le Roy and received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Based on a book by the scientists' daughter Eve, the screenplay by Paul Osborn and Paul H. Rameau combined romance with edification, a sure-fire recipe for success in that era.