Shining Victory

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Shining Victory
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Directed by Irving Rapper
Screenplay by Howard Koch
Anne Froelick
Warren Duff
Guy Endore
Based on Jupiter Laughs
1940 play
by A. J. Cronin
Produced by Hal Wallis
Starring James Stephenson
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Donald Crisp
Barbara O'Neil
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Warren Low
Music by Max Steiner
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • June 7, 1941 (1941-06-07)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Shining Victory is a 1941 American drama film directed by Irving Rapper and starring James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp and Barbara O'Neil. The film was produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. It was the first film directed by Rapper. It is based on the 1940 play Jupiter Laughs by A. J. Cronin. [1] Bette Davis makes a brief cameo appearance as a nurse. The working title of the film was Winged Victory, but it was changed after it was discovered that Moss Hart was writing a play with this title. Hart's Winged Victory was filmed in 1944 by Twentieth Century Fox.



Dr. Paul Venner, a brilliant research psychiatrist, is driven from Budapest by his superior, who has published and taken credit for Paul's work. In London, an old friend, Dr. Drewett, introduces him to the head of a Scottish sanatorium who offers him the opportunity to continue his research on dementia praecox, a disease from which Paul's father suffered.

Dr. Mary Murray becomes his laboratory assistant. They fall in love, but she plans to engage in medical missionary work in China in a year's time. Paul convinces her to remain with him, and the two become engaged. A fire breaks out in the lab, and Mary dies saving Paul's irreplaceable records. Heartbroken, Paul declines posts at several prestigious universities in order to realize Mary's dream of helping the sick in war-torn China.


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  1. Goble p.99