as Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
as Prof. Gottlieb
as Dr. Tubbs
as Mrs. Tozer
as Joyce Lanyon
as Terry Wickett
as Mr. Tozer
as Henry Novak
as Mrs. Novak
as Sir Robert Fairland
as Bert Tozer
as Young Girl
as Oliver Marchand
as City Clerk
as State Veterinarian
as Old Doctor
as Doctor Hesselink
as Miss Twyford
as Little Neighbor
Critic Reviews for Arrowsmith
Even with its flaws Arrowsmith (1931) is a glorious Pre-Code film. It tackles a difficult subject, isn't afraid to experiment and there is a refreshing lack of racism.
Emotionally gratifying, it dramatically only crawls along with so many actionless scenes.
One of John Ford's in-depth probes of the doctor's role in society, Arrowsmith was based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis who refused the 1926 Pulitzer because of the prize's alleged advocacy of work that endorsed "the wholesome American life."
Many shots show an early awareness of mood and expression, using heavy shadows and diagonal shapes to establish visual conflicts.
...the film's episodic structure ensures that it rarely becomes boring - though the story does lose some momentum towards the end...
Audience Reviews for Arrowsmith
Ronald Colman is fine in this antique but the film itself is all over the place.
A dull and melodramatic look at the life of a doctor.
Colman is as charismatic as ever, but does have some choppy editing.
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