Dodsworth 1936

Dodsworth

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When Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston), the head of a car company, embarks on a vacation in Europe with his youth-obsessed wife, Fran (Ruth Chatterton), the couple find themselves growing apart. Soon Fran is flirting with other men and embracing a spontaneous and impulsive lifestyle, while Sam is left on his own. However, after running into the lively and independent Edith Cortwright (Mary Astor), an acquaintance from their transatlantic trip, Sam realizes that he may find love again.

Cast & Crew

Walter Huston
Sam Dodsworth
Ruth Chatterton
Fran Dodsworth
David Niven
Capt. Clyde Lockert
Paul Lukas
Arnold Iselin
Mary Astor
Mrs. Edith Cortright
Gregory Gaye
Baron Kurt Von Obersdorf
Maria Ouspenskaya
Baroness Von Obersdorf
Odette Myrtil
Renée De Penable
Kathryn Marlowe
Emily Dodsworth McKee
John Payne
Harry McKee
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Critic Reviews for Dodsworth

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (2)

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Dodsworth, under the direction of William Wyler, is one of the best pieces of cinema to come out of the 1930s...

    November 9, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The plot may sound like a soap opera, but the acting, script, and execution are absolutely perfect.

    July 26, 2020 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…
  • A remarkably mature movie, full of keen insights, savory dialogue ("Love has got to stop someplace short of suicide"), and intuitive performances.

    April 9, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dodsworth

  • Aug 01, 2013
    Walter Huston is great in his interpretation of Dodsworth and how a good man eventually becomes undone.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2009
    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.
    Keith M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2008
    Great Movie! A timeless film with a great script and flawless acting. Walter Huston is the King! The acting style and shots in the film are way ahead of their time. It may get a higher rating with more viewings. Great flix! See It! UPDATE: I was right.It only got better with a second viewing. Great direction by Wyler, moving characters, and some of the most amazing quiet moments in film.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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