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Arrowsmith (1931)

Passed  -  Drama  -  26 December 1931 (USA)
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Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

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Richard Bennett ...
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Clarence Brooks ...
Oliver Marchand
Alec B. Francis ...
Twyford (as Alec Francis)
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Sir Robert Fairland - Governor
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Based on a Sinclair Lewis novel "Martin Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine. Written by Anonymous

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HE FOUGHT FOR MAN... and lost a woman!

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Drama

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26 December 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Censorship at the time meant that the subplot of Arrowsmith's liaison with another woman whilst still married meant that most of Myrna Loy's scenes were drastically cut. See more »

Goofs

In the night scene outside the research building when Dr. Arrowsmith's wife catches up to him, the snow becomes very scant and then a whole clump of snow falls, which looks like a stage hand got behind on their snowfall duties then panicked. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Martin Arrowsmith: Be informed, the first duty of a nurse is to stand when she speaks to a doctor.
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Referenced in That's Black Entertainment (1990) See more »

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William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played on piano from a recording
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Weak
20 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Bizarre script. Horrible accents. This is my first Coleman flick, I would not watch another if it weren't for the other comments here on how good he was in other movies. I can see the potential: a scene late in the movie when he clutches Leora's clothes and shows a twinge of real emotion. Unfortunately it lasts all of 10 seconds. The rest of the movie he's suave, cool, and completely vapid. Diametrically opposed to the Arrowsmith of the novel.

Why Hollywood scenes like the fist fight were added to the script (it was *not* in the book, nor could it have been!) baffles me. Also I admire the attempt at covering so much territory of a longish novel. But ultimately the movie fails, and Sidney Howard would have been better off with a more tight, focused, and coherent script covering a smaller portion of the novel.

There are many excellent scenes. Helen Hayes as Leora and Richard Bennett as Sondelius are often fantastic (though it's too bad about the absurd Swedish accent that sounds mostly German and perhaps a little bit Russian).

All in all I'd recommend this film only to anyone interested in the history of the cast and production staff, or to anyone interested in seeing what I believe is the only silver screen rendition of one of the Nobel Prize winner's best novels...

Otherwise don't bother.


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