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The Citadel (1936)




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Robert Donat stars as Dr. Andrew Manson in this adaptation of A.J. Cronin's best-selling novel. Manson devotes himself to treating the residents of a poverty-stricken Welsh mining community. Tuberculosis runs rampant in the village, and Manson is determined to help stem its tide and bring good health back to people who desperately need it. Through a series of unforeseen circumstances, Manson eventually leaves the community and begins working out of London, where he looks after wealthy hypochondriacs who don't really need his services but are willing to pay from them. While Manson gains money and prestige, he has turned his back on his friends, his wife (Rosalind Russell), and the people who need him most in the process. To give the film a more realistic "English" atmosphere, MGM shot The Citadel at their British studios, although they did import an American director (King Vidor) and leading lady (Russell) for the occasion.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ian Dalrymple, Frank Wead, Elizabeth Hill, Emlyn Williams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2009
MGM Home Entertainment


Robert Donat
as Andrew Manson
Rosalind Russell
as Christine Manson
Rex Harrison
as Dr. Lawford
Mary Clare
as Mrs. Orlando
Cecil Parker
as Charles Every
Nora Swinburne
as Mrs. Thornton
Edward Chapman
as Joe Morgan
Athene Seyler
as Lady Raebank
Felix Aylmer
as Mr. Boon
Joyce Bland
as Nurse Sharp
Percy Parsons
as Mr. Stillman
Dilys Davies
as Mrs. Page
Basil Gill
as Dr. Page
Joss Ambler
as Dr. A.H. Llewellyn
Eliot Makeham
as Jack the Pharmacist ...
Joan Kemp-Welch
as Nurse Assisting at C...
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Critic Reviews for The Citadel

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Though it has Vidor's favorite theme of personal rebirth and his enduring country/city dichotomy, it lacks his usual fire.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Picture is studded with many brilliantly human and dramatic sequences.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Top Critic

Sweetened with a happy ending, it's still an effective piece of work, thanks to Donat's typically sturdy performance and Vidor's powerful direction.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Citadel

Many of the early Hollywood films focused on the role of doctors and the choices that they made between becoming rich and aiding society. This was one of the better offerings.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Great flick. A solid story and top notch acting. I highly recomend this movie.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer


Brit Robert Donat gives a strong, Oscar-nominated performance in King Vidor's quite faithful adaptation of Cronin's best selling novel about the moral crisis of an idealistic doctor.

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