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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Sam Dodsworth
... Fran Dodsworth
... Arnold Iselin
... Edith Cortright
... Captain Lockert
... Kurt Von Obersdorf
... Baroness Von Obersdorf (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
... Renée de Penable
... Matey Pearson
... Tubby Pearson
Kathryn Marlowe ... Emily Dodsworth McKee
... 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 <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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Drama | Romance

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23 September 1936 (USA)  »

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Zeit der Liebe, Zeit des Abschieds  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The original Broadway production opened at the Shubert Theater and ran for 147 performances. See more »

Goofs

Sam's hand position changes, jumping to the ship's rail. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Secretary: [offscreen] Mr. Dodsworth?
Sam Dodsworth: Yes.
Secretary: The men are ready.
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Version of Producers' Showcase: Dodsworth (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Shim, Sham, Shimmy
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Dorsey, Fulton McGrath
[played in the ship's bar]
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Possibly the Greatest Movie You've Never Heard of
28 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Dodsworth is one of those Hollywood treasures that the insiders and historians worship but that the general public knows nothing about. There are more famous classic films from the 1930's but not one is any better than Dodsworth. Dodsworth belongs in the class of Lost Horizon, Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone With the Wind, etc. as one of the greatest films of the thirties. It also deserves to be recognized as an old movie that plays well today. This movie does not seem nearly as dated as so many other 70 year old movies. Much of the credit goes to the great novel by Sinclair Lewis, but many great books have been turned into inferior films. The screenplay, direction, acting, photography are all outstanding. The cast is simply extraordinary, one of the best ensembles ever assembled. Just look at the number of soon to be major stars in the supporting cast. Watch it!


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