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Arrowsmith(1931)

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  • Helen Hayes is annoying in this role

    • Natacha
    • 3/6/15

    Maybe it's because times have changed, or maybe it's just me, but Helen Hayes's character seemed very annoying in this film. She is clingy, needy, gets in RC's way and talks too much. First, she wants him to go to her home town in South Dakota to be a country doctor, even though he wants to be a medical researcher. He is not happy. She has a miscarriage, leaving her sterile. Next, he goes to New York and returns to his mentor to do research. He is asked to go to a tropical area to work on the bubonic plague. She insists on going with him, even though he doesn't want her there for her own safety. She secretly purchases a ticket and refuses to get off the ship. After arriving at the tropical place, she catches a fatal disease and dies. He was trying to prevent this by insisting that she stay home. Are we supposed to like her and feel sorry for her? R.C., who was supposed to follow research protocols and give real treatment to only half of the subjects, gets drunk, due to grief over HH's death, and orders the real treatment to be given to everyone, thus saving lives. Was HH supposed to be a martyr for medical science?

  • RC with a young Myrna Loy

    • anth
    • 3/5/15

    RC is always captivating on screen. When will we get to watch his 1938 classic (IF I WERE KING) with Basil Rathbone?

  • Correction on Full Synopsis

    • Josie
    • 2/21/12

    I would like to make a correction to the Full Synopsis.The Full Synopsis reads: "After Sondelius dies from plague, Martin and Joyce go to bed together."However, in the movie they do not.

  • The hypocritic oath

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 8/4/11

    If the goal of this movie was to show how scientists will sacrifice animals (people included) for the sake of "progress" then it fails on that level as well. One doesn't know where the screenwriter or director stands, actually, and what point they are trying to make. Arrowsmith is definitely a flawed character all right - a neglectful husband who will sacrifice lives for his own vague and lofty scientific dreams. He learns the hard way in the end that soulless science is not the way but there is little evidence that he will procede in any other way. Even a couple of fine dramatic scenes by Colman does little to make this film worth watching.

  • Arrowsmith

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/8/11

    **1/2

  • A wonderful melodrama

    • Gary Anderson
    • 2/21/06

    I love Ronald Colman and was grateful to see this film. It was one I with which I was not familar. Too bad the script is so simpistic. There were great performances from William Powell, Myrna Loy, Helen Hayes, and Mr. Colman of course. Please feature other works by Ronald Colman on TCM. He is a forgotten star of Hollywood.

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