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Arrowsmith (1931)

Approved | | Drama | 26 December 1931 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Sinclair Lewis (based upon the novel by), Sidney Howard (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
Helen Hayes ... Leora Tozer Arrowsmith
Richard Bennett ... Gustav Sondelius
A.E. Anson A.E. Anson ... Professor Max Gottlieb
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... Dr. Oliver Marchand
Alec B. Francis ... Twyford (as Alec Francis)
Claude King ... Dr. Tubbs
Bert Roach ... Bert Tozer
Myrna Loy ... Mrs. Joyce Lanyon
Russell Hopton ... Terry Wickett
David Landau ... State Veterinarian
Lumsden Hare ... Sir Robert Fairland - Governor
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Swedish

Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El doctor Arrowsmith See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. 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 and 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The story of a man who dedicated his life to service and his heart to the love of one woman. See more »

Alternate Versions

The opening title is altered with a patch that covers a credit for United Artists, the original distributor. This was probably ordered by Goldwyn himself for reissues. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Lost Horizon' (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Paul Lincke
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Weak
20 November 2005 | by jtienhaaraSee 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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