First screened in September 2006 / Most recently screened in July 2015
Director: William Wyler. Cast: Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Mary Astor, Gregory Gaye, David Niven, Paul Lukas, Kathryn Marlowe, John Payne, Maria Ouspenskaya, Harlan Briggs, Spring Byington, Odette Myrtil, Beatrice Maude, Inez Palange. Screenplay: Sidney Howard (based on his play, itself based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis).

Twitter Capsule: Among the most emotionally rich of 30s Hollywood dramas. Despite some principled value judgments, every role is complex.

VOR:   Wyler's 1930s films are always visually rewarding, but the bigger stories here are the marvelous performances, economical but layered storytelling, and still-modern sensibility.

Photo © 1936 The Samuel Goldwyn Company

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: William Wyler
Best Actor: Walter Huston
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Ouspenskaya
Best Screenplay: Sidney Howard
Best Art Direction: Richard Day
Best Sound: Oscar Lagerstrom

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Huston)

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