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Dodsworth (1936)

Dodsworth

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In this highly acclaimed adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's novel, Walter Huston plays Sam Dodsworth, a good-hearted, middle-aged man who runs an auto manufacturing firm. His wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton) is obsessed with the notion that she's growing old, and she eventually persuades Sam to sell his interest in the company and take her to Europe. He agrees for the sake of their marriage, but before long Fran has begun to think of herself as a cosmopolitan sophisticate and thinks of Sam as dull and unadventurous. Craving excitement, Fran begins spending her time with other men and eventually informs Sam that she's leaving him for a minor member of royalty. While in Italy, Sam runs into Edith Cortright (Mary Astor), an attractive widow whom he first met while sailing to Europe. Edith seems to understand Sam in a way his wife does not, and they fall in love. However, Sam impulsively breaks off their relationship, only to discover in her absence just how deeply he cares for her. Dodsworth was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Walter Huston), and Best Supporting Actress (Maria Ouspenskaya), though only art director Richard Day walked away with an Oscar.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Howard, Sinclair Lewis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Runtime:
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Cast

Walter Huston
as Sam Dodsworth
Ruth Chatterton
as Fran Dodsworth
Paul Lukas
as Arnold Iselin
Mary Astor
as Edith Cortright
David Niven
as Capt. Lockert
Gregory Gaye
as Kurt Von Obersdorf
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Baroness Von Obersdo...
Odette Myrtil
as Mme. Renee de Penabl...
Kathryn Marlowe
as Emily Howard
Spring Byington
as Matey Pearson
John Payne
as Harry Howard
Harlan Briggs
as Tubby Pearson
Beatrice Maude
as Mary the Maid
Gino Corrado
as American Express Cle...
Inez Palange
as Teresa, Edith's Hous...
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Fred Malatesta
as Ship's Waiter
Dale Van Sickel
as Guests in Ship Salon
John Barclay
as Guests in Ship Salon
Wilson Benge
as Steward
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Critic Reviews for Dodsworth

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

By far the most sensitive, restrained, and effective piece of direction Wyler ever turned in, the film achieves a measure of greatness through the dignity and depth of Huston's superb interpretation of the plainspoken Yankee.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Huston is superb as the plainspoken Midwestern businessman whose blissful world falls apart. The film remains the most emotionally compelling of Wyler's career.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

The film version has done more than justice to Mr. Howard's play, converting a necessarily episodic tale, interrupted by fourteen curtains, into a smooth-flowing narrative of sustained interest, well-defined performance and good talk.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

'The old triangle stuff' with a new rigor of scrutiny, that's William Wyler on Sinclair Lewis

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
CinePassion

The smoothly flowing film packs an emotional wallop thanks largely to the endearingly sympathetic performance of the straightforward Walter Huston.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Dodsworth

½

Brilliant. Wyler rules.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Drama fans may enjoy this, but I wasn't into it. It was boring, I didn't care about the characters, and the story didn't interest me either. Other than that, the movie itself isn't bad.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Walter Huston is great in his interpretation of Dodsworth and how a good man eventually becomes undone.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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