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Arrowsmith (1931) Poster

(1931)

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When he hired John Ford to direct, producer Samuel Goldwyn insisted that Ford lay off the booze for the duration of the shoot. Ford complied with this request but shot the movie at an increased pace, eliminating scenes that he felt didn't add anything to the film. Helen Hayes was a little mystified when she discovered that some of her scenes weren't being shot.
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The first American sound film to feature a black character ("Dr. Oliver Marchand" played by Clarence Brooks) with a university degree who speaks perfect English, does not shuffle, and does not act in the usual stereotypical manner in which blacks were depicted in Hollywood films at the time.
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.
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Ronald Colman was 40 when he took on the role of the idealistic young student doctor, Martin Arrowsmith.
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This was the last time that John Ford worked with producer Samuel Goldwyn. In later years, they did talk about collaborating again, but Ford ultimately didn't want to work with such a meddling producer again.
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