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Although "Mildred's" death is not attributed to a specific disease in this film, in the novel, she dies of tuberculosis. Somerset Maugham's novel was also the basis for the 1934 RKO film Of Human Bondage, which starred Bette Davis and Leslie Howard and was directed by John Cromwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3201). In that version, "Mildred" was not allowed to be depicted as a prostitute, and "Philip's" clubfoot was surgically repaired before "Mildred" fell ill. In 1964, a British version of the novel was filmed, which starred Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey.