Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Ford
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Emmy. you better turn down

towards Cincinnati.

If we could find your uncle.

Ned Arrowsmith.

I guess he'd take us in.

Nobody ain't gonna take us in.

We're going West.

There's a whole lot of new things

I aim to be seeing yet.

And that was your grandmother. Martin.

Fine stock to come from.

Pioneer stock.

Stubborn stock.

That would make a medical man

out of you. if anything will.

It would make a real scientist out of you.

if you live up to it.

- Reading old Gray. eh?

- Yes. sir.

That's right.

Physician's library. Three books...

Gray's Aratomy. The Holy Bible.


Study. Martin.

Someday you may be a great doctor.

Get training.

Go to college before you go

to medical school.

Study chemistry.

Latin. physics. biology.

Be a fine doctor.

- Yeah. well?

- My name's Arrowsmith.

- Arrowsmith?

- Martin Arrowsmith.

I'm just starting medical school.

and I thought I'd like to take

my Bacteriology with you this fall

instead of waiting till second year.

That is. if you don't mind.

Yeah? But I do mind.

Well. I'm not going to be just

an ordinary doctor.


No. I want to be a research scientist

like you. Dr. Gottlieb.

Not as great as you are.

of course. but...

but I'm not interested

in just giving pills to people.

I'd rather find a cure for cancer.

Yeah. if you can do that.

you will be much greater than I.

I really mean I want to

find out things for myself.

I know how little I know.

and I'm not afraid of hard work.

So now we begin to talk sensibly.

M o

To be a scientist.

that is born in a man.

And in very few men.

It may be born in you.

But first. go and be a medical student.

Go learn the names of the diseases.

Learn to work in the dissecting school

without being sick.

Learn to watch the blood flow

without fainting.

Go and get your M.D. after your name.

And then... come back to me.

- All right. Doc. up you go.

- Fine.

- You're new. aren't you. Doc?

- I'll say so. I was born yesterday.

That's why I come along.

These people get kinda excited

down here once in a while.

Does anyone here speak English?

- Tutto. sure.

- Where's the patient?

Well. congratulations.

You're the father of a fine boy.

No. no. I'm the uncle.

he's the father.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

Viro? Why. certainly.

You know. Doctor.

he's his first baby.

Well. it's my first baby. too.

- Nurse. I want to find Ward D.

- Do you?

- Can you direct me?

- I could. yes.

- Well. if it isn't interrupting your work...

- This isn't my work.

Nurses aren't supposed to scrub floors.

Superintendent caught me

smoking a cigarette.

You go back for Ward D.

turn right and then left.

I've been informed

that the first duty of a nurse

is to stand

when she speaks to a doctor.

Gee. I've been getting fresh again.

It may interest you to know

that I'm Dr. Gottlieb's assistant

and that I'm on my way to Ward D to take

a strain of a very dangerous microbe.

When I've done what I came here to do.

I shall report you. What's your name?

- What's yours?

- Arrowsmith.

- You're not reporting me. you know.

- Gee. there I go again.

Scrubbing floors

just makes me rebellious.

and being rebellious just naturally

makes me fresh. and there you are.

My name is Leora Tozer.

It's a silly name. isn't it?

What's wrong with it?

I kinda like it.


When can you get away for dinner?

With you?

I've decided to overlook reporting you.

How about tonight?

- Well...

- Why not?

- I don't mind.

- What time?

You will report the patient's temperature

to me every hour.

I'll look in again at 7:00.

At 7:

- I've talked too much.

- You haven't bored me.

- I've been pretty technical.

- I liked it. Made me feel intelligent.

Well. at that. you've got to get used

to hearing my ideas.

- I'm gonna hear a lot of them?

- You're going to marry me.

- You don't tell me.

- I certainly do.

Now. you know.

I shouldn't wonder if you're right.

Of course. it's a little early in the game

to be dead sure.

but I shouldn't wonder.

Guess you're pretty pig-headed

and self-centered. aren't you?

But I like you so much.

I'd be a fool to pass you up.

Have you got a nickel?


What for?

I want soft music.

You know. I wasn't being funny.

I didn't think you were.

M oa ovo

M ovo oovo

I hope you mean that.

Because. I warn you.

I'm never going to give you up.

I've found you. My life's begun.

I have sent for you. Martin. to tell you

that I am leaving this place

where I teach young doctors

to kill their patients.

I have been called to

the McGurk Institute of New York

where I shall do only my own research.


The McGurk Institute is the greatest

scientific plant in the world.

I am very happy.

- Yes. sir. I should think you would be.

- And I am happy for you. too. Martin.

I have arranged for you to go with me

as my assistant.

You will have great opportunity there.

You're the greatest man

I've ever known. Dr. Gottlieb.

I'd black your shoes for you.

But I can't go to New York with you.

It is many years since my shoes

have been black. Martin.

Anyway. I was not taking you

as a bootblack.

Why can't you go with me?

I'm going to be married.

And a man can't marry

on what a lab assistant makes. so...

I'll just have to practice medicine

after all.



To give pills to ladies.

to hold their hands for them.

to make their diets for them.

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Sinclair Lewis

Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters." His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars. He is also respected for his strong characterizations of modern working women. H. L. Mencken wrote of him, "[If] there was ever a novelist among us with an authentic call to the trade ... it is this red-haired tornado from the Minnesota wilds." He has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a postage stamp in the Great Americans series. more…

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