Dodsworth (1936)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 1936
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

'The old triangle stuff' with a new rigor of scrutiny, that's William Wyler on Sinclair Lewis

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Depressing drama

Elliott Stein
Village Voice

Huston is superb as the plainspoken Midwestern businessman whose blissful world falls apart. The film remains the most emotionally compelling of Wyler's career.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The smoothly flowing film packs an emotional wallop thanks largely to the endearingly sympathetic performance of the straightforward Walter Huston.

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You may wish that caution had been thrown to the wind and it had been turned into a no-holds-barred comedy.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fine film version of the novel

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Brilliant. Wyler rules.
Keith Munley
What a great film. A forgotten film that I think everyone should see if they have not. Walter Huston is one of the great forgotten actors, and this performance… More
Aj V
Drama fans may enjoy this, but I wasn't into it. It was boring, I didn't care about the characters, and the story didn't interest me either.… More
cody franklin
Great Movie! A timeless film with a great script and flawless acting. Walter Huston is the King! The acting style and shots in the film are way ahead of their… More
John Ballantine
Walter Huston is great in his interpretation of Dodsworth and how a good man eventually becomes undone.