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Arrowsmith (1931)

Approved | | Drama | 26 December 1931 (USA)
A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Sinclair Lewis (based upon the novel by), Sidney Howard (adapted for the screen by)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
Helen Hayes ... Leora Tozer Arrowsmith
Richard Bennett ... Gustav Sondelius
A.E. Anson A.E. Anson ... Professor Max Gottlieb
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... Dr. Oliver Marchand
Alec B. Francis ... Twyford (as Alec Francis)
Claude King ... Dr. Tubbs
Bert Roach ... Bert Tozer
Myrna Loy ... Mrs. Joyce Lanyon
Russell Hopton ... Terry Wickett
David Landau ... State Veterinarian
Lumsden Hare ... Sir Robert Fairland - Governor
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Storyline

Based on a Sinclair Lewis novel "Martin Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

HE FOUGHT FOR MAN... and lost a woman!

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Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

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English | Italian | Swedish

Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El doctor Arrowsmith See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Ford later said of working with Ronald Colman in this film, "Arrowsmith was already cast when I went over to Goldwyn. Ronnie and I were friends, so I was delighted. Though he was the leading star of the business then, nobody ever acknowledged what a superb actor he was. They just accepted him as Ronald Colman. He did everything so easily. He never played drunken scenes or grew a beard or did any of those things which get Academy Awards, but he was the greatest actor I have ever known. [...] You didn't have to work with Ronnie - it was that simple. He knew exactly what to do and was letter-perfect when he did it." See more »

Goofs

When Arrowsmith's first patient in Dakota calls and says his little girl is sick and to come right away, Arrowsmith says he will, and takes off without getting the address. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Martin Arrowsmith: God give me clear eyes and freedom from haste. God give me anger against all pretense. God keep me looking for my own mistakes. God keep me at it till my results are proven. God give me strength not to trust to God.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The story of a man who dedicated his life to service and his heart to the love of one woman. See more »

Alternate Versions

Myrna Loy's role was substantially reduced when the film was reissued because the Production Code had taken effect. The missing scenes have been restored on the DVD. See more »

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Referenced in McHale's Navy: The Vampire of Taratupa (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played on piano from a recording
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Early Ford
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Arrowsmith (1931)

*** (out of 4)

John Ford's adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel about a young doctor (Ronald Coleman) who constantly fears that he's not as good as everyone says. The doctor keeps struggling with his duties to his profession as well as his duties to his wife (Helen Hayes). I wasn't expecting too much out of this film but was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it even with all of its flaws. Ford's direction is fairly weak as he never really brings any flair to the material but this is made up with some terrific performances. Coleman steals the film and really delivers all the goods as he's able to show the frustrations of a doctor trying to do the right thing for everyone. Hayes is also very good in her supporting role as is the supporting cast, which includes Richard Bennett, A.E. Anson and Myrna Loy.


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