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Dodsworth Details


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 she's growing old, and she eventually persuades Sam to sell his interest in the company and take her to Europe. He agrees for the sake of their marriage, but before long Fran has begun to think of herself as a cosmopolitan sophisticate and thinks of Sam as dull and unadventurous. Craving excitement, Fran begins spending her time with other men and eventually informs Sam that she's leaving him for a minor member of royalty. While in Italy, Sam runs into Edith Cortright (Mary Astor), an attractive widow whom he first met while sailing to Europe. Edith seems to understand Sam in a way his wife does not, and they fall in love. However, Sam impulsively breaks off their relationship, only to discover in her absence just how deeply he cares for her. Dodsworth was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Walter Huston), and Best Supporting Actress (Maria Ouspenskaya), though only art director [[Performer~P86980~Richard Day~richardday]] walked away with an Oscar. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 23, 1936


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maria Ouspenskaya Best Supporting Actress 1936 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Day Best Art Direction 1936 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Wyler Best Director 1936 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Walter Huston Best Actor 1936 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Huston Best Actor 1936 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Howard Best Screenplay 1936 Nominee


Walter Huston
as Sam Dodsworth
Ruth Chatterton
as Fran Dodsworth
Paul Lukas
as Arnold Iselin
Mary Astor
as Edith Cortright
David Niven
as Major Clyde Lockert
Gregory Gaye
as Kurt Von Obersdorf
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Baroness Von Obersdorf
Odette Myrtil
as Renée de Penable
John Payne
as Harry
Spring Byington
as Matey Pearson
Harlan Briggs
as Tubby Pearson
Charles Halton
as Hazzard
Inez Palange
as Edith's Housekeeper
Wilson Benge
as Steward
Kathryn Marlowe
as Emily McKee
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Fred Malatesta
as Ship's Waiter
Dale Van Sickel
Gino Corrado
as American Express Clerk


William Wyler
Samuel Goldwyn
Sinclair Lewis
Book Author
Sidney Howard
Rudolph Maté
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Mandell
Richard Day
Art Director
Omar Kiam
Costume Designer