Dodsworth (1936)


“You’ll have to stop getting younger someday.” – Sam

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman and his wife take early retirement and begin to explore the freedoms of life while on a cruise to Europe.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of beforehand, but after having seen The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) recently, I was intrigued to see Walter Huston in another Oscar nominated performance.

He really stands out here because we can understand his personal dilemmas once he makes the decision to retire after many years of work and toil.

We can feel his yearning for his old life yet also his interest in exploring his new found freedom.

His wife , on the other hand (played by Ruth Chatterton) has the opposite problem because despite being retired along with her husband she wants to deny that she has gotten older and wants to see all that she missed out on as a millionaires wife in small town USA.

The themes discussed here are still relevant today more than 80 years later which is quite interesting to see that a subject like this can really be so timeless.

It dares to ask questions about people’s true desires in life and how they try and find out what it is that they truly seek in their lives.

Sometimes, they aren’t even aware themselves of what they really want.

Bottom Line – Huston is really great here because we can feel both his yearning to return to his busy old life yet also explore the freedom that one has when retired.  His wife has the opposite opinions and is more concerned with exploring the world she didn’t know as a millionaires wife in a small town in middle America. The themes discussed here are still relevant 80 years later because it begs to ask the question of what people really want in life and whether they are even aware themselves of their own desires. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Producer Samuel Goldwyn, director William Wyler and actors Walter Huston and Maria Ouspenskaya all received their first Academy Award nominations with this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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