William Wyler (1936)

PG Certificate


Our Score
William Wyler's masterly film of Sinclair Lewis's novel, with Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Mary Astor and David Niven giving wonderful performances. It's a full-blown romance with a darker edge, gleamingly shot and nominated for seven Oscars, winning one for art direction. Producer Sam Goldwyn was offered the book for $20,000 and turned it down, thinking it would make a lousy movie. Sidney Howard subsequently adapted it into a Broadway hit starring Huston and Fay Bainter, and Goldwyn ended up buying the screen rights for $165,000. "I don't understand," said Howard. "Two years ago you could have had it for $20,000." To which Goldwyn replied, "I don't care. This way I buy a successful play. Before it was just a novel."


A retired American businessman gets a fresh perspective on life after taking a travelling vacation through Europe with his wife. Oscar-winning drama, starring Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven, Paul Lukas and Maria Ouspenskaya.

Cast & Crew

Actor Walter Huston
Actor Ruth Chatterton
Actor Paul Lukas
Actor Maria Ouspenskaya
Director William Wyler

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video