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William WylerThe Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director$
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Gabriel Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142098

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.001.0001

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The Wyler Touch

The Wyler Touch

Dodsworth (1936)

(p.83) 4 The Wyler Touch
William Wyler

Gabriel Miller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter contains a production history and analysis of Wyler's second film for Goldwyn, Dodsworth. It discusses the various script versions (by a number of different writers), Sidney Howard's play, which was the basis for the film (Howard was credited as the screenwriter as well), and the Sinclair Lewis source novel. The casting of the film is also considered, along with Wyler's difficulties with co-star Ruth Chatterton and a tabloid scandal involving another co-star, Mary Astor.

Keywords:   Dodsworth, Sidney Howard, Sinclair Lewis, Ruth Chatterton, Mary Astor

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