Released – February, 1944
Directed By – Mervyn LeRoy
Starring – Greer Garson (Marie Curie), Walter Pidgeon (Pierre Curie), Henry Travers (Eugene Curie), Albert Bassermann (Prof. Jean Perot), Robert Walker (David Le Gros).
Description – Mr. and Mrs. Miniver Together Again!
An engrossing biopic of Madame Marie Curie and the work she did with her husband Pierre and their discovery of radium.
The Curie’s met while Marie was studying for her Master’s degree in physics at the Sorbonne. She met Pierre while request permission to use his laboratory for her work. It was not long before the two fell in love and were married.
Together they worked identifying and isolating a radioactive material Marie called radium. It too the couple years of painstaking research and experimentation before they were successful. The magnitude of their success led to Marie and Pierre sharing the Nobel Prize in Physics.
However, tragedy would soon strike the couple as Pierre was killed after being hit by a horse and wagon crossing the street in the rain. Marie is crushed and nearly loses her mind. Prof. Jean Perot counsels her and she begins to rally.
Motivated by the words of her husband that if one of them should be gone, the other should continue to work on behalf of science. Continue to work she does, with the result of her efforts making major contributions for the betterment of science.
NOTABLE: Madame Curie was nominated for seven Oscar’s including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Greer Garson), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Walter Pidgeon), Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, and Best Sound, Recording.
There is a great deal of fiction added to the story of Marie Curie. The films lacks mention of her family in Paris, and her sister Bronislawa, herself an Obstetrician, to whom Marie was very close. Another omission concerned Marie’s devotion to politics and her desire for liberation and independence of her native country Poland.
Madame Curie was the third of eight films to pair Greer Garson with Walter Pidgeon.
In her final years at MGM, actress Joan Crawford was being given bad scripts as the studio hoped she would break her contract. Two role Crawford strongly hoped to get were for the films Random Harvest and Madame Curie. Both leading roles went to Greer Garson. It wasn’t long after that Joan Crawford left MGM.