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* DarkIsNotEvil: Kurt's mother may dress mainly in black and talk sternly a lot, but she does truly care about her family and son's future. Plus a central reason she refused to allow Kurt to marry Fran (besides not being able to have kids) is because of her unhealthy relationship with her husband Sam, and she didn't want Kurt to be another victim.

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* IronicEcho: "Did I remember to tell you today that I adore you?"

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: "[[Sam]]'ll enjoy life now if it kills [[him]] - and it probably will."


* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Sam was going to go back to Fran ''again'', but she's so obnoxious on the boat that he comes to his senses and jumps off at the last moment.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Downplayed, since Fran's not exactly evil, rather a narcissist, egotistical and not the most caring. Sam was going to go back to Fran ''again'', but she's so obnoxious on the boat that he comes to his senses and jumps off at the last moment.


The Dodsworths board the boat to London, where Ruth immediately starts flirting with an officer (played by a young Creator/DavidNiven) but breaks it off when he starts to get serious. On the same voyage Sam strikes up an acquaintance with Edith (Mary Astor), an American divorcée who lives in Italy. In London, Fran starts getting obsessed with the European sophisticates she hangs out with, and more and more embarrassed with her plainspoken, unpretentious Middle American husband. She demands that he go home and let her tour Europe alone. He does so, and she proceeds to embark on an affair with a German playboy (Paul Lukas). Sam finds out, goes back to Europe, confronts her, and promptly forgives her. However, she embarks on a new affair with a German nobleman, and demands a divorce. A heartbroken Sam crisscrosses Europe alone--until he runs across Edith in Italy.

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The Dodsworths board the boat to London, where Ruth immediately starts flirting with an officer (played by a young Creator/DavidNiven) but breaks it off when he starts to get serious. On the same voyage Sam strikes up an acquaintance with Edith (Mary Astor), (Creator/MaryAstor), an American divorcée who lives in Italy. In London, Fran starts getting obsessed with the European sophisticates she hangs out with, and more and more embarrassed with her plainspoken, unpretentious Middle American husband. She demands that he go home and let her tour Europe alone. He does so, and she proceeds to embark on an affair with a German playboy (Paul Lukas). Sam finds out, goes back to Europe, confronts her, and promptly forgives her. However, she embarks on a new affair with a German nobleman, and demands a divorce. A heartbroken Sam crisscrosses Europe alone--until he runs across Edith in Italy.


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''Dodsworth'' is a 1936 film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler, starring Creator/WalterHuston, [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a novel by Creator/SinclairLewis. Sam Dodsworth is an auto magnate who, at the start of the film, has sold his automobile company and retired to a life of leisure. The whole idea came from his wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton), who is younger than Sam but herself middle-aged and bored with life in the small town of Zenith, Ohio. Sam appears to have mixed feelings about a trip to Europe but indulges Fran.

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''Dodsworth'' is a 1936 drama film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler, starring Creator/WalterHuston, [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a novel by Creator/SinclairLewis. Creator/SinclairLewis, directed by Creator/WilliamWyler and starring Creator/WalterHuston in the title role.

Sam Dodsworth is an auto magnate who, at the start of the film, has sold his automobile company and retired to a life of leisure. The whole idea came from his wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton), who is younger than Sam but herself middle-aged and bored with life in the small town of Zenith, Ohio. Sam appears to have mixed feelings about a trip to Europe but indulges Fran.


* IceQueen: Kurt's mother is a prime example, casting her cruel ParentalMarriageVeto with no no sign of empathy for Fran's situation.

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* IceQueen: Kurt's mother is a prime example, casting her cruel ParentalMarriageVeto with no no sign of empathy for Fran's situation.


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* UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode: This marks the first time under the Production Code that a man is seen to walk out of his marriage and not get punished for it.



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* WhamLine: Dodsworth is striking a chord with Fran when dropping his line: "We'll have to learn to behave ourselves...when we'll be [[MaamShock a couple of old grandparents]] in December."


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* WhamLine: Dodsworth to Fran: "We'll have to learn to behave ourselves...when we'll be [[MaamShock a couple of old grandparents]] in December."

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* WhamLine: Dodsworth to Fran: is striking a chord with Fran when dropping his line: "We'll have to learn to behave ourselves...when we'll be [[MaamShock a couple of old grandparents]] in December."

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