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One of the more prestigious films of its time, John Ford's film adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has a sleek Art Deco look strangely out of tune with its tale of moral struggle. Ronald Colman stars as Martin Arrowsmith, an idealistic young doctor, who, after graduating from medical school, must forego a research position with Dr. Max Gottlieb (A.E. Anson) due to his marriage to nurse Leora Tozer (Helen Hayes). He returns to her rural hometown and establishes a small practice, and in his spare time eventually develops a serum for a deadly cow disease. Based on… More
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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