With Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Mary Astor.
US, 1936, 35mm, black & white, 101 min.
Print source: HFA
With a career that stretched from the silent cinema through the sixties and ranged from war films to musicals, historical epics to romantic comedies, William Wyler was the consummate Hollywood professional. Among his first major works was this screen adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s celebrated novel. The film stars Walter Huston, who reprised his role from Sidney Howard’s stage version of the book, as Sam Dodsworth, a retired businessman who embarks on a second honeymoon abroad with his pampered wife, Fran (Chatterton). The couple drifts apart as Sam learns of Fran’s affairs and he, in turn, becomes involved with another woman (Astor). A critical and box-office success, Dodsworth received seven Academy Award nominations and was selected for the National Film Registry in 1990.