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Dodsworth

Dodsworth (1936)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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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

Unrated,

Drama, Romance, Classics

Sinclair Lewis, Sidney Howard

Dec 11, 2001

Samuel Goldwyn Films

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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.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Huston is superb as the plainspoken Midwestern businessman whose blissful world falls apart. The film remains the most emotionally compelling of Wyler's career.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The smoothly flowing film packs an emotional wallop thanks largely to the endearingly sympathetic performance of the straightforward Walter Huston.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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In William Wyler's subtle, beautifully directed marital drama, Walter Huston gives a distinguished performance as an ultra-decent and honest all-American mogul; it's his phony wife, well-played by Ruth Chatterton, who's the Ugly American Abroad.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Depressing drama

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

You may wish that caution had been thrown to the wind and it had been turned into a no-holds-barred comedy.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Fine film version of the novel

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Huston's flawless performance as Sam Dodsworth is the film's greatest joy.

August 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A film of maturity, intelligence, and understanding.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Dodsworth

Brilliant. Wyler rules.
July 7, 2007
brooklynspo

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.
September 15, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Walter Huston is great in his interpretation of Dodsworth and how a good man eventually becomes undone.
August 1, 2013
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

What a great film. A forgotten film that I think everyone should see if they have not. Walter Huston is one of the great forgotten actors, and this performance was way ahead of its time. In 1936 for an actor to give such a real performance with such true emotion is amazing to watch on the screen.
December 21, 2009
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