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Dodsworth (1936)

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DVD Release Date
ē R1: Sep 29, 1998

Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country USA

Studio Samuel Goldwyn Company, United Artists

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• Dodsworth (1936)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Marriage, Infidelity

Plot: As DODSWORTH begins, the viewer's sympathies are with Fran Dodsworth rather than her slightly stodgy husband. However, this gradually changes. Franís main concern is holding on to her youth, while Sam tolerates her foibles because he really loves and trusts her. When he tires of Europe, Sam returns to Indiana. Disappointed that Fran is not with him, he believes she will soon follow. However, in a scene beautifully staged by director William Wyler, Sam ends up being wrong. Fran is with the suave Arnold Iselin (Paul Lukas) on the terrace of a villa. He makes her read a letter from Sam. Iselinís response is to set fire to the letter. As it burns, it is caught by a gust of wind. Followed by Wylerís camera, it swirls in the air before turning to ashes on the ground, along with Samís hopes.

DODSWORTH is a beautifully achieved work. Chatterton gives a fine performance; Mary Astor is splendid--with a wonderful moment of joy when she unexpectedly sees Sam again; and Walter Huston, reprising his stage role, is natural, subtle, and moving.

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 Directed by
William Wyler
Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, The Best Years of Our Lives
 Written by
Sinclair Lewis
Elmer Gantry, Cass Timberlane, Arrowsmith
Sidney Howard
Gone with the Wind
David Niven
The Pink Panther, The Guns of Navarone, Casino Royale
Walter Huston
The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Ruth Chatterton
Female, Complicated Women
Paul Lukas
20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Little Women, 55 Days at Peking
Mary Astor
The Maltese Falcon, Meet Me in St. Louis, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Gregory Gaye
Ninotchka, Meteor, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
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