Synopsis: A bittersweet tale of the increasing estrangement of a retired automobile tycoon and his wife. Increasingly obsessed with maintaining an appearance of youth, she falls in with a crowd of frivolous socialites during their "second honeymoon" European vacation. He, in turn, meets a woman who is everything she is not: self-assured, self-confident, and able to take care of herself.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): William Wyler
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

- Mr. Dodsworth?

- Yes?

The men are ready.

I hate to see you go, Sam.

Good-bye, Sam.

See if you can slip them into

Mr. Dodsworth's big leather suitcase.

Yes, ma'am.

And when Miss Emily and Mr. McKee

come back from their honeymoon...

I've put all the wedding presents

in her old room.

- Yes, Mrs. Dodsworth.

- Oh, and the...

Good afternoon, sir.

- Mr. Dodsworth's paper?

- Right here, ma'am.

Over there.

Is everything settled?

The Dodsworth Motor Company, Samuel

Dodsworth, president and founder...

became the property of Union Motors

a little over an hour ago.

How do you feel?

How would any man feel

who just sold 20 years of his life?

I suppose you feel kind of lost.

I knew what I was doing when I sold,

and I know what I'm after from now on.

Oh, Sam, don't look

so mournful, darling.

All right, Mary.

I'll fix you a drink.

Just think, Sammy, you're free.

After 20 years of doing

what was expected of us, we're free.

I'm just as keen on this trip

as you are. I'm rarin' to go.

I've always wanted

to see London and Paris.

I want much more

than a trip out of this, Sam.

I want a new life,

all over from the very beginning.

A perfectly glorious,

free, adventurous life.

It's coming to us.

We've done our job.

We've brought up Emily and seen her

married. We've got plenty of money.

Why, if we weren't tied to

this half-baked Middle Western town...

- Fran, don't start knocking Zenith.

- Darling, I'm not knocking Zenith.

But have you ever thought

what Zenith means to me?

You go down to the plant and deal

in millions and have a marvelous time.

I go down to the kitchen

and order dinner.

Then there's the ladies' luncheon

and bridge, always the same ladies.

Then dinner... same people

we dined with last week.

After dinner, poker for the men

and women for the women.

There's talk of children and doctors

and servants and the garden club...

Thought you liked

the garden club.

I can't go on liking

the same things forever and ever.

Oh, Sammy darling, I want all

the lovely things I've got a right to.

In Europe, a woman of my age

is just to the point...

where men begin to take

a serious interest in her.

I won't be put on the shelf

for my daughter...

when I can still dance longer

and better than she can.

After all, I've got brains and,

thank heavens, I've still got looks.

Nobody takes me for over 32...

Oh, Sammy darling,

I'm begging for life.

No, I'm not.

I'm demanding it.

I see how you feel.

All right, I'll enjoy life now

if it kills me, and it probably will.

I spy you, European travelers.

Got a little spaghetti?

- Hello, Tubby.

- Hello, Matey. Hello, Tubby.

- We're going with you.

- You're not.

- As far as New York.

- What?

- Can't you offer a fellow a drink?

- Get Tubby a drink.

Will you excuse me?

I won't be two seconds.

- Can I help?

- I'll be right back.

Run along anyway.

Run along.

- All right, say when.

- I don't want a drink.

- What's wrong?

- I'll stay sober till I bawl you out.

- What have I done?

- You know very well.

Union Motors people been to the bank

to see me about you.

What are they running

around to you about me for?

They want me to use my influence

with you as your banker.

Don't blame me

if it doesn't do any good.

They offered to make you first

vice president of the whole outfit...

in charge of production

of all their cars...

They offered me $100,000 the first year

in addition to stock which comes to...

- You turned it down?

- Yeah.

Americans like you and me

can't quit, Sam.

It's meant that we should keep on

working until we die in harness.

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Sidney Howard

Sidney Coe Howard (June 26, 1891 – August 23, 1939) was an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 and a posthumous Academy Award in 1940 for the screenplay for Gone with the Wind. more…

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