Arrowsmith (1931)

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    • Arrowsmith (1931)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      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.

      Full Cast
      Ronald Colman ... Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
      Helen Hayes ... Leora Arrowsmith
      Richard Bennett ... Gustav Sondelius
      A.E. Anson ... Professor Max Gottlieb
      Clarence Brooks ... 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
      Erville Alderson ... Pioneer (uncredited)
      Ward Bond ... Cop (uncredited)
      Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Tozer (uncredited)
      Florence Britton ... Miss Twyford (uncredited)
      Nora Cecil ... Nurse (uncredited)
      Sidney De Gray ... Doctor Hesselink (uncredited)
      Cyril Delevanti ... Committee Member (uncredited)
      Mike Donlin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
      Walter Downing ... City Clerk (uncredited)
      Gibson Gowland ... Committee Member (uncredited)
      Sherry Hall ... Reporter (uncredited)
      Theresa Harris ... Native Mother (uncredited)
      Raymond Hatton ... Drunk (uncredited)
      Charlotte Henry ... The Pioneer Girl (uncredited)
      George Humbert ... Italian Uncle (uncredited)
      DeWitt Jennings ... Mr. B.W. Tozer (uncredited)
      Mike Lally ... Reporter (uncredited)
      Lillian Lawrence ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
      Carl M. Leviness ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
      James A. Marcus ... Old Doctor (uncredited)
      Eric Mayne ... Dignitary (uncredited)
      Edmund Mortimer ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
      John Qualen ... Henry Novak (uncredited)
      Edward Reinach ... Dignitary (uncredited)
      Milton Royce ... Intern (uncredited)
      Harry Schultz ... Bartender (uncredited)
      Pat Somerset ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
      Adele Watson ... Mrs. Novak (uncredited)
      Bobby Watson ... Little Neighbor (uncredited)
      Eric Wilton ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Sinclair Lewis (novel)
      Sidney Howard (adaptation)

      Original Music
      Alfred Newman

      Ray June

      The first American sound film to feature a black character ("Dr. Oliver Marchand" played by Clarence Brooks) with a university degree who speaks perfect English, does not shuffle, and does not act in the usual stereotypical manner in which blacks were depicted in Hollywood films at the time.

      Revealing mistakes
      In the night scene outside the research building when Dr. Arrowsmith's wife catches up to him, the snow becomes very scant and then a whole clump of snow falls, which looks like a stage hand got behind on their snowfall duties then panicked.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Location
      Samuel Goldwyn Studios - 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: John Ford- Arrowsmith (1931)

      Arrowsmith is a 1931 film nominated for
      the Academy Award for Best Picture.
      It was written by Sidney Howard from the Sinclair Lewis novel Arrowsmith.

      Arrowsmith like other Ford movies of the time,
      was made after Duke's meeting with the director.
      They featured Ward Bond,
      and others of the emerging John Ford Stock Company.
      so it is also possible therefore, that Duke may have been involved

      User Review
      Ronald Colman and the age factor...
      28 November 2006 | by Neil Doyle (U.S.A.)

      I can't think of any other actor from the Golden Age of films who was miscast as many times as he was because of the age factor. So it was with RONALD COLMAN who was already forty by the time he played the idealistic young doctor of ARROWSMITH opposite stage star HELEN HAYES.

      To his credit, he was still playing romantic leads in the '40s (RANDOM HARVEST) when he was in his fifties--and somehow, audiences accepted him regardless of what I call "the age factor". Here, in ARROWSMITH, it's painfully obvious that he was not the best choice for this title role in a trimmed down version of a Sinclair Lewis novel.

      Surprisingly, the screenplay is by Sidney Howard, who had no trouble adapting Margaret Mitchell's lengthy GONE WITH THE WIND to the screen, but here seems to be obligated to cut out huge sections of the book to get to the main plot line in a hurry. Possibly, because films in 1931 did not run three hours and forty-five minutes.

      Whatever, the result is a disjointed screenplay that condenses the story in a way that makes motivations and events incoherent at times. Arrowsmith begins his practice as a rather clumsy country doctor in farm country who develops an interest in serum when a neighbor's cattle become infected. When his serum is a success the doctor and his young wife move to New York where he's to work at a big clinic.

      Soon he neglects his wife while he buries himself in his work to eradicate bacteria. When an outbreak of bubonic plague breaks out--well, you can see where the plot is going.

      RONALD COLMAN is earnest and already quite distinguished looking as young Arrowsmith and HELEN HAYES suffers nobly as his neglected wife, infected herself through a careless action by her doctor husband. And toward the end of the story, we get a glimpse of the young and seductive MYRNA LOY in a role that is either underwritten or underwent extensive cuts. Cuts seem obvious in the abrupt ending too.

      Arrowsmith's experiments in the West Indies bring a conclusion to the story. But sad to say, the film is a relic in almost every sense of the word. Hard to picture John Ford at the helm of this project--even though there is a brief glimpse of Ward Bond (one of his favorite players) in an early scene.

      Summing up: Nothing deep to say about medicine nor does it work as the story of a dedicated doctor who wants to save lives during an epidemic. And it's certainly not Ronald Colman at his best.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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