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The Citadel (1938)

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Based on a novel by A.J. Cronin, this thought-provoking drama is set in an impoverished Welsh mining town. The story focuses on an idealistic young British physician and his wife who serve the tuberculosis-afflicted townspeople until the doctor succumbs to the temptation to make big bucks treating London's wealthiest clients.

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Cast

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 (uncredited)
Joan Kemp-Welch
as Nurse Assisting at Childbirth (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Citadel

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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

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

Picture is studded with many brilliantly human and dramatic sequences.

January 31, 2012 | Full Review…
Variety
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.

January 31, 2012 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A gripping portrait of both idealism and its disillusionment.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
TV Guide

With the exception of compromised ending, King Vidor's film is a good version of Cronin's novel, well acted by Robert Donat as the doctor and the the rest of the cast, including Rosalind Russell and Rex Harrison.

March 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Great old-fashioned drama. Donat is wonderful.

December 1, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Citadel

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

cody franklin
cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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

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