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  Dodsworth Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.00 /10
Walter Huston , Mary Astor , Ruth Chatterton
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Directed by: William Wyler
Written by: Sidney Howard, from own play adapted from Sinclair Lewis's novel

Released: 1936
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 101

Mid-West businessman (Walter Huston) takes his pretentious wife (Ruth Chatterton) to Europe, where he loses her.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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In retrospect, it isn't hard to see why this drama failed at the box office: underneath the glossy production (art director Richard Day won an Oscar) it's a tough and realistic portrait of a failing marriage. Unconventionally, it had a businessman as the hero rather than the villain; and women did not do the lion's share of the suffering.

William Wyler drew good performances from his cast and mainly concealed its stage origins. Walter Huston gave his finest performance on film.

Rudolpn Mate's cinematography was brilliantly innovative in its use of deep focus, years before Citizen Kane.

"Don't talk to me about Dodsworth . I lost my goddamn shirt. I'm not saying it wasn't a fine picture. It was a great picture, but nobody wanted to see it. In droves."
(Samuel Goldwyn)

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