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

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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

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Quotes from

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

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

Fran Dodsworth: I hope I look as good as you do when I'm your age.
Mrs. Edith Cortright: You're almost sure to, my dear.

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Facts about

Mary Astor wrote in her memoirs that Edith Cortright was her favorite role, also reflecting that she channeled her struggle of her public divorce into her role: "When I went into court and faced the bedlam...that would have broken me up completely, I kept the little pot boiling that was Edith Cortright."
William Wyler spent a whole afternoon shooting the sequence where Fran (Ruth Chatterton) burns a letter from her husband; he wanted the letter to specifically blow gently along the terrace, stop for a moment, and then continue to flutter as the scene faded to black as a metaphor for Fran and Sam's failing marriage.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 1, 1943 with Walter Huston reprising his film role.
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Released 1936
Inducted 1990

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Also directed by William Wyler

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