The Citadel (film)

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The Citadel
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Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Victor Saville
Written by A. J. Cronin
Screenplay by Ian Dalrymple
Frank Wead
Elizabeth Hill
Emlyn Williams
Based on The Citadel novel
Starring Robert Donat
Rosalind Russell
Ralph Richardson
Rex Harrison
Music by Louis Levy
Charles Williams
Cinematography Harry Stradling
Editing by Charles Frend
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Denham Studios
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates 3 November 1938
Running time 110 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1,012,000
Box office $987,000 (Domestic earnings)
$1,611,000 (Foreign earnings)

The Citadel (1938) is a British film based on the novel of the same name by A. J. Cronin, first published in 1937. The film was directed by King Vidor and produced by Victor Saville at Denham Studios, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer distributing the film in the UK and the US.

Plot

Dr. Andrew Manson (Robert Donat) is an idealistic newly qualified Scottish doctor dedicated to treating Welsh miners suffering from tuberculosis. Initially, he is full of lofty scientific goals, though his purpose erodes when he later moves to London to treat rich hypochondriacs, where a chance encounter with a medical school chum Dr. Frederick Lawford (Rex Harrison) leads to his quiet seduction by an ethically challenged medical establishment. Christine (Rosalind Russell), his wife tries to set him back on the original path. Dr. Philip Denny (Ralph Richardson), Manson's best friend, dies at the hands of an incompetent, social-climbing surgeon.

Cast

All principal cast members are deceased.

Awards

The film was nominated for Oscars in four categories: Best Picture, Best Actor (Robert Donat), Direction, and Adapted Screenplay.

The film won the Best Picture Award from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. It is a New York Times Critics' Pick and is also listed in The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.

Miscellaneous

The plot of The Citadel was reshuffled and simplified for the 1953 Columbia Pictures film, Bad for Each Other, starring Charlton Heston and Lizabeth Scott. In the 1953 film, Heston plays a doctor who forgoes treating miners in Coalsville, Pennsylvania in order to become a highly paid society doctor in Pittsburgh. The mine-rescue sequence in Bad for Each Other is near-identical to the equivalent sequence in The Citadel.

External links

Robert Donat as Dr. Andrew Manson

Streaming audio








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