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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)  »

Also Known As:

Az élnivágyó asszony  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Became the joint first film to be nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards with My Man Godfrey (1936). 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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Referenced in One of the Hollywood Ten (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played in the score twice when the ship, Queen Mary, is shown
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One of the greatest films of the thirties.
4 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Some years ago, I read a short piece in TV Guide by the critic and screenwriter Jay Cocks, in which he listed ten 'great, underrated films'. One which I had never heard of before was Dodsworth.I trust Jays taste in films, so i decided to take a lot at it. I promptly saw it on Video and was enthralled.Once more, William Wyler reveals why he has to be ranked among the great Hollywood directors. Dodsworth is that rarity, a film for adult people. In addition, it boasts a literate script, fine acting by an superb cast, and an very fine design. One of the favorite themes of the fiction of Henry James,. the conflict between American innocence and European sophistication, is here explored with a concision and an empathy James only occasionally managed. In addition, the film is a profoundly moving love story. One can only wonder why this exquisite movie was not even nominated for the AFI list of great American films.


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