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Dodsworth (1936)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 September 1936 (USA)
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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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Harry McKee (as John Howard Payne)
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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 <>

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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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William Wyler spent a whole afternoon shooting the sequence where Fran (Ruth Chatterton) burns a letter from her husband; he wanted the letter to specifically blow gently along the terrace, stop for a moment, and then continue to flutter as the scene faded to black as a metaphor for Fran and Sam's failing marriage. See more »


Fran's arm position changes when she leans on the mantle. See more »


[first lines]
Secretary: [offscreen] Mr. Dodsworth?
Sam Dodsworth: Yes.
Secretary: The men are ready.
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Referenced in One of the Hollywood Ten (2000) See more »


La fille aux cheveux de lin
Written by Claude Debussy
Heard when Fran burns Sam's letter
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They don't make such adult films anymore.
31 January 1999 | by (Porto Alegre, Brazil) – See all my reviews

If you're tired of the actual Hollywood teenager productions, you have a chance to see some maturity watching "Dodsworth". The relationship of the Dodsworths are amazingly realistic, and the wonderful performances by Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton only improve the reality of the situation. He is amazing as a retired middle-aged industrialist and she is faultless as his futile, snob and frustrated wife. This film also got me some extra points because of Mary Astor, at the highest point of her beauty. It's masterly directed by William Wyler, and the cinematography is wonderful. One of the greatest films from the first decade of the sounded films.

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