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In this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel, idealist doctor Martin Arrowsmith forsakes a cushy, big-city practice to seek out a cure for bubonic plague. Arrowsmith's wife Helen Hayes at first balks at the prospect of accompanying her husband to the West Indies, but she finally honors her "wifely duties."
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Emotionally gratifying, it dramatically only crawls along with so many actionless scenes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...the film's episodic structure ensures that it rarely becomes boring - though the story does lose some momentum towards the end..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One of John Ford's in-depth probes of the doctor's role in society, Arrowsmith was based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis who refused the 1926 Pulitzer because of the prize's alleged advocacy of work that endorsed "the wholesome American life.""
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Brilliant, too little seen John Ford film of the Sinclair Lewis novel."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Many shots show an early awareness of mood and expression, using heavy shadows and diagonal shapes to establish visual conflicts."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of those prestige pics from decades past that make you wonder exactly what all the fuss was about."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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