Black SplatOf Human Bondage (1934)
   

"You cad, you dirty swine! I never cared for you, not once! I was always makin' a fool of ya! Ya bored me stiff; I hated ya! It made me SICK when I had to let ya kiss me. I only did it because ya begged me, ya hounded me and drove me crazy! And after ya kissed me, I always used to wipe my mouth! WIPE MY MOUTH!"

Of Human Bondage - Bette Davis as  Mildred Rogers

Description: Bette Davis as illiterate waitress Mildred Rogers breaks off her relationship with med student Philip Carey (Leslie Howard) in the motion picture Of Human Bondage (1934). Mildred also uttered the phrase “Good riddance to bad rubbish.”

Philip Carey is an aspiring artist, but he does not have what it takes to be one, so says an artist in Paris, so Philip returns to London and enrolls in medical school, but this too is difficult for him.

Of Human Bondage - Philip and Mildred

One day, while visiting a tea room with his friend, Philip encounters waitress Mildred Rogers. Philip is soon infatuated with the vulgar girl, who constantly shuns his advances. Meanwhile, Mildred is spreading herself around town with other men. Finally, Philip who has a clubfoot, finds the courage to ask Mildred for her hand in marriage, but she can't because she has already committed to a marriage proposal to Emile Miller (Alan Hale), a saleman whom she has been seeing for awhile.

To overcome the sting of rejection, Philip begins a new relationship with Norah (Kay Johnson), a romance writer who simply adores Philip, but when Philip discovers that Mildred's husband abandoned her and that she is with child, Philip leaves Norah and lets Mildred move in with him. When Mildred's baby is born, she leaves Philip for Harry Griffiths (Reginald Denny).

Of Human Bondage - Philip and Sally

In search of comfort, Philip finds the affections of Sally Athelny (Frances Dee), the daughter of a former patient, but months Mildred intrudes in Philip's life after Harry deserts Mildred and once again, Philip allows Mildred and her child to life with him.

But this time it is different, although he gives her shelter, he does not feel the same way towards her as he had in the past. Mildred senses the change, and one night she explodes, calls Philip a "gimpy-legged monster," denounces that she ever loved him and then in a fury of spite, she destroys all of Philip's paintings and the funds (bonds) Philip's uncle sent him for tuition. Now penniless, Philip quits school but before he departs, Dr. Jacobs (Desmond Roberts) cures Philip's clubfoot, thus removing that obstacle from his life.

Luckily, Sally's family gives Philip employment at a store and all is well in his life, when he receives a letter from Mildred who has lost her baby. To make things worse, she has taken up life as a prostitute and has contracted consumption (tuberculosis). This time, Philip resists the urge to set aside his own life for her, but he does gives her some money before leaving.

Of Human Bondage - Mildred takes ill

Soon after, Philip's uncle dies and bequeaths him an inheritance which Philip uses to finish medical school. Upon graduation, he gets a job as physician aboard a cruise ship, but before the boat sails, Philip learns of Mildred's death. Now freed from his legacy of obsession for Mildred, Philip decides to stay in London and marry Sally Athelny, whose love for Philip had never waned.


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