The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937)
Wednesday, May 14, 4:00 pm
Location: Upstairs at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.
Based on the H.G. Wells short story of the same name, this British fantasy/comedy explores the wide range of actions taken by a man granted the ability to perform miracles. The short story was originally published in 1898 in The Illustrated London News. In the film adaptation, Roland Young stars as George Fotheringay, who has been given miraculous powers, and the story follows him through the discovery of his new abilities, his initial carefree exercise of them, and to his awakening desire to change the world for the better. H.G. Wells, who also co-wrote the screenplay, mixes humor, illusion, and a message in this charming allegory of the ability of humans to direct the future. Roland Young, a popular British actor in the 1930s, is well-known for playing the title role in the Topper films of the period, for which he earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ralph Richardson, another famous British stage and screen actor, is featured as the recipient of several “miracles” gone wrong. In a New York Times review from 1937, Frank Nugent wrote, “The Man Who Could Work Miracles … is a delightfully humorous fantasy with an undertone of sober Wellsian philosophy.” [1937; UK; Runtime: 82 mins.; black and white]