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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.
Classics , Drama
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Robert Donat
as Andrew Manson
Rosalind Russell
as Christine Manson
Rex Harrison
as Dr. Lawford
Mary Clare
as Mrs. Orlando
Penelope Dudley-Ward
as Toppy LeRoy
Francis L. Sullivan
as Ben Chenkin
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.

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
Top Critic

A gripping portrait of both idealism and its disillusionment.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 7, 2011

Great old-fashioned drama. Donat is wonderful.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Citadel


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.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

This is such an inspiring and outstanding story, extremely well written, excellent direction. Robert Donat gives an amazing performance. The rest of the cast is great as well. Fine cinematography. A gem of a classic.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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

cody franklin
cody franklin

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