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.

I'm out to make a new life

for myself.

I'm out to learn how to enjoy

my leisure, now I've retired.

I've been doing things people expected

of me always. I want to feel free.

I want to sit under a linden tree with

nothing more important to worry about...

than the temperature of the beer,

if there is anything more important.

If you think I can see

my oldest and closest friend...

turned into

an expatriate parlor snake...

because Zenith isn't

good enough for his wife...

Ever since college, I've yessed you

and looked up to you. You're a big man.

You're a great industrialist.

You're a representative citizen.

You're pretty near everything

I'm not and ought to be.

But about your wife, you're

the dumbest, the sappiest, the most...

It's all right, Matey.

Tubby's famous for his very

peculiar brand of humor, aren't you?

It's all right. I'm glad you heard

what I said. Sam knows as well as I do...

I don't know

anything of the kind.

I'm out to see the world I haven't seen

and get a perspective on the USA.

I might get to know myself

at the same time.

I might even get to know my wife.

Oh, come along, Tubby.

We'll be seeing you on the boat.

- You won't see me there.

- Put that glass down too.

- See here.

- I'm not going.

Did I remember to tell you today

that I adore you?

- Mother!

- Why, look who's arrived!

- What are you doing here?

- We thought you were in Nassau.

- We were yesterday.

- Yesterday?

- You broke off the honeymoon?

- Emily had had enough honeymoon.

I don't think so much of sending a girl

off with a husband she doesn't know.

- How'd you get here so soon?

- We decided to surprise you. We flew.

You flew? I don't want you

flying around in airplanes.

- I'm not taking any chances on you.

- It's Harry's job to worry about me now.

I don't know whether this is going

to make going away harder or easier.

A little of both.

Don't see why

we don't rate a honeymoon.

Wait till you have a honeymoon

All visitors ashore, please.

All ashore that's going ashore.

We just got here!

- I saw them. They're right near the top.

- Hey, Emily!

- There they are.

- Oh, yes! I see.


- Fran? Fran! We're at sea!

- At sea? That's putting it mildly.

Forget this trunk.

Come on out and see the ship.

- You sound happy. I'm so glad.

- This is the happiest day of my life!

Of course, except

the day I married you.

Get off my dress.

Do you realize this is the first time

we've started out together as lovers?

- I was right, wasn't I?

- Yeah, no more work.

- Now we'll live.

- Together.

- Always.

- Let's look at the ship.

I can't. I got to dress

for dinner and so have you.

- We have to dress for dinner?

- Of course. Don't you want to?

Well, okay.

Remember the first time I asked you

to marry me and we said we'd come here?

And here we are.

I love you more than ever now that

I've got time for it.

And I love you, Sammy.

- Looks like I made a slight error.

- That's all right, sir.

Dry martini, please.

- Mr. Dodsworth?

- Yes.

I heard you were on board. I hope

you don't mind me introducing myself.

Not at all.

I've just been driving one of your cars

all through South America.

- How'd it stand up?

- Tough as nails.


- My name's Lockert.

- Good to know you.

- Join me in a drink?

- Thank you very much.

- What'll you have?

- Dry martini.

- Make it two, please.

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Sidney Howwords

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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