The Magnificent Yankee
posted by Gerard Magliocca
There aren’t many movies about the Supreme Court, so I was excited recently to find “The Magnificent Yankee” on iTunes. This was a 1950 film starring Louis Calhern (who played Julius Caesar in the great 1953 movie version of the Shakespeare play) as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Basically, the movie is about Holmes’ relationship with his wife, his law clerks, and Justice Brandeis.
While there were a couple of nice scenes, the movie is a colossal bore. Calhern was nominated for an Oscar, so somebody must have liked the movie, but I’d be hard pressed to tell you why. I’d be curious to hear what other people who have seen this think.
One last note, I will be at the SEALS Conference from Thursday to Saturday. Hopefully I can catch up with people there.