Dodsworth Overview:

Dodsworth (1936) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and Merritt Hulburd.

Dodsworth was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1936 --- Ceremony Number 9 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorWalter HustonNominated
Best Supporting ActressMaria OuspenskayaNominated
Best Art DirectionRichard DayWon
Best DirectorWilliam WylerNominated
Best PictureSamuel Goldwyn ProductionsNominated
Best WritingSidney HowardNominated

BlogHub Articles:

On Blu-ray: Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton in William Wyler's Dodsworth (1936)

By KC on May 6, 2020 From Classic Movies

I have revisited director William Wyler’s Dodsworth (1936), a film based on a Sinclair Lewis novel, many times over the years and the older I get, the richer it becomes. While any movie can change meaning with repeat viewings, this is a production that particularly reveals new facets with time... Read full article

Dodsworth (1936)

By Beatrice on Jul 22, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Dodsworth Directed by William Wyler 1936/USA The Samuel Goldwyn Company Repeat viewing #101 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This intelligent drama is one of my favorite movies of any time. ?I always forget just how much I love it until I see it again. Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston) has m... Read full article

My Favorite Film: Walter Huston’s Dodsworth

By Wade Sheeler on Apr 12, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

TCM will air Dodsworth & The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday, April 14, 2013 I was a weird kid. I could make a list a mile long ?why.? But for now, the example I?ll give is the first two movie stars that I loved – Gary Cooper and Walter Huston. Gary Cooper, I?m sure you get. He wa... Read full article

Dodsworth (1)

By Eric on Feb 27, 2013 From Classic Film Talk

Once in a while I see a film that surprises me. Dodsworth, from 1936 is one of these. It is easily one of the best films I’ve seen, all the more so because of it’s era. Movies from the 30s tend to have that overacted sentimentality, with sing-song speaking patterns from the women and bra... Read full article

Haiku: Dodsworth (1936)

By KC on Sep 12, 2012 From Classic Movies

Freedom is lonely Without a travel partner The past fades away Image Source... Read full article

See all Dodsworth articles

Quotes from

Sam Dodsworth: You'll have to stop getting younger someday.

Fran Dodsworth: Remember, I, I did make a home for you once, and I'll do it again, only you've got to let me have my fling now! Because you're simply rushing at old age, Sam, and I'm not ready for that yet.

[first lines]
Secretary: [offscreen] Mr. Dodsworth?
Sam Dodsworth: Yes.
Secretary: The men are ready.

read more quotes from Dodsworth...

Facts about

David Mamet, in his book "Bambi vs. Godzilla", cites this film as one of his favorites.
At the time of filming, Mary Astor was going through a very public and very scandalous divorce from her husband, who used Astor's diary to prove that she had been having an affair with playwright George S. Kaufman. With the press constantly stalking her, she sometimes slept on the set to avoid confrontation. Many of the cast sided with Astor throughout the ordeal, including William Wyler, Samuel Goldwyn and Ruth Chatterton, who appeared as a character witness on Astor's behalf.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 1, 1943 with Walter Huston reprising his film role.
read more facts about Dodsworth...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
Next Airing on TCM
Dodsworth (1936) Thu. 01 Oct. 12:00 AM EST

See Today's TCM Schedule >>
Best Art Direction Oscar 1936

See more Academy Awards>>
National Film Registry


Released 1936
Inducted 1990

See All Films in National Registry >>
Also directed by William Wyler

More about William Wyler >>
Also produced by Samuel Goldwyn

More about Samuel Goldwyn >>
Also released in 1936

See All 1936 films >>
More "Romance (Drama)" films

See All "Romance (Drama)" films >>
More "Book-Based" films

See All "Book-Based" films >>
More "Based on Play" films

See All "Based on Play" films >>
More "Divorce" films

See All "Divorce" films >>