Dodsworth 03/17/20

The Warner Archive Collection

It’s ‘Marriage Story’ circa 1936. Talk about older shows that still pack a dramatic wallop… this Sinclair Lewis adaptation is William Wyler’s most celebrated ’30s film. The Production Code frowned on disrespecting the institution of marriage, but Wyler & writer Sidney Howard keep the divorce theme intact — their well-off couple learn more about each other and simply grow apart. Industrialist Walter Huston gets pushed a little too far. His social-climbing wife Ruth Chatterton doesn’t appreciate what she’s got, while luscious Mary Astor is the Depression equivalent of a Malibu Earth Mother. With Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, David Niven, Gregory Gaye and Maria Ouspenskaya. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.