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Dodsworth (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 September 1936 (USA)
A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life.



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Kathryn Marlowe ...
Baroness Von Obersdorf (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
Odette Myrtil ...
Harry McKee (as John Howard Payne)


A bittersweet tale of the increasing estrangement of a retired automobile tycoon and his wife. Increasingly obsessed with maintaining an appearance of youth, she falls in with a crowd of frivolous socialites during their "second honeymoon" European vacation. He, in turn, meets a woman who is everything she is not: self-assured, self-confident, and able to take care of herself. Written by Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

23 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az élnivágyó asszony  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 4, 1937 with Walter Huston reprising his film role. See more »


The way Sam holds the pole when told he has a call from Vienna changes. See more »


[first lines]
Secretary: [offscreen] Mr. Dodsworth?
Sam Dodsworth: Yes.
Secretary: The men are ready.
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Shim, Sham, Shimmy
Written by Jimmy Dorsey, Fulton McGrath
[played in the ship's bar]
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Superb classic
28 February 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

It's impossible to do justice to this work, which chronicles the complex breakdown of a long and successful marriage that cannot adjust to new challenges. Unlike many movies of the 1930s with high production values and a feel for old, glamorous Hollywood, the drama remains focused and disciplined. Aside from its subtle analysis of the end of a relationship, the movie does a superb job of contrasting the differences between the new, powerful go-getter culture of 20th-Century America and the more restrained, skeptical traditions of Old Europe. The movie in some ways represents a dialogue between these two cultures, which at time clash, most poignantly when an old Austrian baroness speaks frankly to the wife of an American industrialist. A great overlooked classic.

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