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Walter Huston, Maria Ouspenskaya and Harlan Briggs all recreated their roles from the Broadway version of the play which co-starred Fay Bainter as Fran. Huston had also appeared in the role in Los Angeles shortly before the start of the film's production. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the Los Angeles production co-starred Huston's wife, Nan Sunderland. In an April 27 Hollywood Reporter news item, it was noted that actress Freida Inescourt was testing "for the role of Nan Sunderland." It is possible that Sunderland had earlier been considered for the role of Fran in the film as well. Another Hollywood Reporter news item noted that extensive backgrounds were being shot in New York in early May 1936 by a crew "headed by Frank Cabett." Cabett's exact position has not been determined. Richard Day won an Academy Award for Best Art direction. In addition, the picture, Sidney Howard, Oscar Lagerstrom, Huston, and Ouspenskaya were nominated for Academy Awards in their respective categories. Huston also earned a Best Actor citation from the New York Film Critics. The film was in the New York Times's Ten Best list and was one of the top twenty box office films of the year. Several reviews commented on the fact that the picture was filmed concurrent to Mary Astor's divorce and child custody hearing during which the contents of her diary created national headlines. On reviewer even referred to her as "Mary (Dear Diary) Astor." Reviews also pointed out the fact that Huston's career had finally recuperated after his previous American film, RKO's Keep 'Em Rolling (1934, see below) which was a critical and box office failure. An Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Samuel Goldwyn had brought Broadway actor Charles Halton out from New York for a role in this film. Dodsworth was apparently his first film. Modern sources list the following additional cast members: Fred Malatesta (Ship's waiter), and Dale Van Sickel and Joan Barclay (Guests in ship's salon). Huston recreated his role on a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on October 4, 1937, and Fay Bainter and Edward Arnold appeared in the roles of Fran and Sam Dodsworth on a Chase and Sanborn Hour radio production on July 31, 1938. The Sinclair Lewis novel also provided the basis for a British television drama in 1950, starring Chatterton and Walter Abel. Although Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson were announced as the stars of another proposed version in 1977 and Gregory Peck was to star and produce a television version in 1982, neither were made.