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The Citadel (1938)

Passed | | Drama | 29 October 1938 (USA)
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Andrew Manson (Robert Donat), a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his ... See full summary »


King Vidor


Ian Dalrymple (screen play), Frank Wead (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... Andrew Manson
Rosalind Russell ... Christine Barlow Manson
Ralph Richardson ... Denny
Rex Harrison ... Dr. Lawford
Emlyn Williams ... Owen
Penelope Dudley-Ward ... Toppy LeRoy (as Penelope Dudley Ward)
Francis L. Sullivan ... Ben Chenkin (as Francis Sullivan)
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Orlando
Cecil Parker ... Charles Every
Nora Swinburne ... Mrs. Thornton
Edward Chapman ... Joe Morgan
Athene Seyler ... Lady Raebank
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Boon
Joyce Bland Joyce Bland ... Nurse Sharp
Percy Parsons Percy Parsons ... Mr. Stillman


Andrew Manson (Robert Donat), a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its cause are thwarted, he moves to London. His new practice does badly. But when a friend shows him how to make a lucrative practice from rich hypochondriacs, it will take a great shock to show him what the truth of being a doctor really is. Written by Kathy Li

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Did You Know?


Vivien Leigh, Greer Garson, and Geraldine Fitzgerald screentested for the role of Christine. See more »


When Andrew is confronted by the miners and resigns his position, Owen, to his left, is shown standing, sitting, and then standing again in successive shots. See more »


Christine Barlow Manson: Andrew, Do you remember once telling me that a all good research man needed was a notebook, a microscope and a room with a roof over it?
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is a story of individual characterizations and is in no way intended as a reflection on the great medical profession which has done so much towards beating back those forces of nature that retard the physical progress of the human race. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »


Version of The Citadel (1960) See more »

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Moving drama with some excellent, though uneven, acting.
3 February 2000 | by bearndahlSee all my reviews

Very good film from King Vidor with a great look and a mostly excellent cast, take from the classic novel by A Cronin. Robert Donat as Dr. Manson, a highly-principled physician who struggles with the conflicting demands of his profession, provides an uneven central performance. It is sometimes hard to understand his motivations and this is the film's biggest weakness. Rosalind Russell does a fine job as his ever-faithful, often suffering wife. Her performance is perfect, and does provide a moral core to the film. The film wisely avoids a lot of details of the novel that would have muddied up the storyline. (In the book, Dr. Manson has an affair with one of society patients.) The film also boasts some fine performances from a very young Rex Harrison and Ralph Richardson. In fact, Richardson's role as an idealistic, though flawed doctor steals the spotlight every time he is on the screen. The film also has a great look, especially the outdoor scenes of the British villages.

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Release Date:

29 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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