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  • Actors: Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 7885728005
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,630 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ALL REGION DVD - CHINESE IMPORT - NTSC.

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For all that Sinclair Lewis' reputation rests on the satires of Babbitt, Main Street and Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth is something different, much more mellow and much more sympathetic.

The movie, written by Sidney Howard and directed by William Wyler, does a fine job of telling the story of Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston), a recently retired automobile manufacturer, and his younger wife, Fran (Ruth Chatterton). Sam Dodsworth is smart and decent, very much the idea of an American. He's no one's fool, and his values of fairness and faithfulness guide his decisions. He loves his wife, but understands her, too. Fran longs to escape the constraints of the stifling, mid-west town of Zenith where Sam had built his company. When he sells the company, they decide to go to Europe on the grand tour, something Fran has longed for. "Sam, I want a new life all over," she says, "from the very beginning...a perfectly free, adventurous, glorious life...why, if we weren't tied to this half-baked middle-western town...oh, Sam, darling, I want all the lovely things I have a right to."

They go to Europe, and on the liner meet Edith Cortwright (Mary Astor), a sympathetic divorcee, and Clyde Lockert (David Niven), the first of several men Fran becomes attracted to. Fran is swept up in the clever, cultured ways of the European men she meets. Increasingly, we see how spoiled, superficial and petulant she is becoming. "You've got to let me have my fling now," she cries to Sam, "because you're simply rushing at old age, and I'm not ready for that." Eventually she maneuvers things so that Sam returns home while she stays in Vienna. What's wrong with her, a friend asks Sam. "She's scared of growing old.
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What I could watch of the movie was fine. I had to try three DVD players before I could get it to work and then the picture kept freezing. You also had to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to get the language to stay playing in English once switched from Spanish. First time I've had a problem like this. Maybe I got a bad one but it was an international order and I didn't have time to return it.
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Walter Huston is believable as the loving but betrayed husband of a wife who thinks too much of herself and her aging looks..story is typical of the 30's almost saga/drama but really the best of it's time..great shots of the old liner RMS Queen Mary sailing from berth in New York as well as the Italian liner Rex (Glamourous in it's time) and later destroyed by allied bombing..shown sailing(possibly) from Genoa or in the Mediterranean..the couple's european trip brings out the guts of both and honesty prevails in the end..sort of ahead of it's time in portraying marital problems and divorce I thought and very well done with Mary Astor outstanding as ever as the husband's "Angel of Sense"...Madam whatever plays her typecast role as excellentally as ever...don't miss this film with it's amazing message and lesson..oh yes, if you're a David Niven fan he's superb as usual!
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I ordered Dodsworth DVD but the title on the box was Desengano. It was a Spanish version. However, by using the select language function, it was still possible to watch the DVD in English.
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