Dodsworth
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In this highly acclaimed adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's novel, Walter Huston plays Sam Dodsworth, a good-hearted, middle-aged man who runs an auto manufacturing firm. His wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton) is obsessed with the notion that she's growing old, and she eventually persuades Sam to sell his interest in the company and take her to Europe. He agrees for the sake of their marriage, but before long Fran has begun to think of herself as a cosmopolitan sophisticate and thinks of Sam as dull and unadventurous. Craving excitement, Fran begins spending her time with other men and eventually… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By far the most sensitive, restrained, and effective piece of direction Wyler ever turned in, the film achieves a measure of greatness through the dignity and depth of Huston's superb interpretation of the plainspoken Yankee."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The smoothly flowing film packs an emotional wallop thanks largely to the endearingly sympathetic performance of the straightforward Walter Huston."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"You may wish that caution had been thrown to the wind and it had been turned into a no-holds-barred comedy."
‑ , Film4
"A film of maturity, intelligence, and understanding."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Huston is superb as the plainspoken Midwestern businessman whose blissful world falls apart. The film remains the most emotionally compelling of Wyler's career."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"In William Wyler's subtle, beautifully directed marital drama, Walter Huston gives a distinguished performance as an ultra-decent and honest all-American mogul; it's his phony wife, well-played by Ruth Chatterton, who's the Ugly American Abroad."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fine film version of the novel"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film version has done more than justice to Mr. Howard's play, converting a necessarily episodic tale, interrupted by fourteen curtains, into a smooth-flowing narrative of sustained interest, well-defined performance and good talk."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Depressing drama"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Huston's flawless performance as Sam Dodsworth is the film's greatest joy."
‑ Catherine Cantieri, Apollo Guide
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