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The Citadel (film)

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Genre  Drama
Language  English
7.3/10 IMDb

Director  King Vidor
Budget  1.012 million USD
Country  United Kingdom
The Citadel (film) movie poster
Release date  3 November 1938
Based on  The Citadel 1937 novel  by A. J. Cronin
Writer  Ian Dalrymple (screen play), Frank Wead (screen play), Elizabeth Hill (screen play), Emlyn Williams (additional dialogue), A.J. Cronin (based on the novel: "The Citadel" by)
Music director  Louis Levy, Charles Williams
Cast  Robert Donat (Dr. Andrew Manson), Rosalind Russell (Christine Manson), Ralph Richardson (Dr. Philip Denny), Rex Harrison (Dr. Frederick Lawford), Emlyn Williams (Owen), Penelope Dudley-Ward (Toppy LeRoy)
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Tagline  Secrets of a doctor as told by a doctor!

The citadel 1938 official trailer nominated oscar best picture

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.


The Citadel (film) movie scenes


The Citadel (film) movie scenes

Dr. Andrew Manson (Robert Donat) is an idealistic newly qualified Scottish doctor dedicated to treating the Welsh miners suffering from tuberculosis in the Welsh mining village of Blaenely and is an apprentice to Dr. Page (Basil Gill). Initially, he has many lofty scientific goals, but meets local resistance in his research. After his laboratory and notes are destroyed by the miners, he moves to London, taking working class patients in impoverished conditions. There, his purpose erodes when a chance encounter with a medical school friend, Dr. Frederick Lawford (Rex Harrison) leads to his quiet seduction by an unethical medical establishment, treating rich hypochondriacs. Christine (Rosalind Russell), his wife tries to set him back on the original path. Dr. Philip Denny (Ralph Richardson), Manson's best friend and still working for improved working class health, dies at the hands of an incompetent, social-climbing surgeon.

Differences from other versions

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The film is based on the novel, but departs from it in certain vital respects. In the original text the character of Christine Manson is killed off in a road accident at the point when she and her husband have begun to address problems in their relationship. The incident involving the incompetent surgeon occurs, but it is a minor character who dies. Denny survives, and the understanding (not related in the book but implied) is that he and Manson went into practice together. The 1982 BBC adaptation of the novel stays closer to the original text.


  • Robert Donat as Dr. Andrew Manson
  • Rosalind Russell as Christine Barlow
  • Ralph Richardson as Dr. Philip Denny
  • Rex Harrison as Dr. Frederick Lawford
  • Emlyn Williams as Mr. Owen
  • Penelope Dudley Ward as Toppy LeRoy
  • Francis L. Sullivan as Ben Chenkin
  • Mary Clare as Mrs. Orlando
  • Cecil Parker as Charles Every
  • Percy Parsons as Richard Stillman
  • Basil Gill as Dr. Edward Page
  • Dilys Davis as Blodwen Page
  • Joss Ambler as Dr. Llewellyn
  • Nora Swinburne as Mrs. Thornton
  • Edward Chapman as Joe Morgan
  • Athene Seyler as Lady Raebank
  • Felix Aylmer as Mr. Boon
  • Elliott Mason as District Nurse
  • Joyce Bland as Nurse Sharp
  • Eliot Makeham as Dai Jenkins
  • D.J. Williams as Old Thomas
  • Ruth Morgan as a worried family member (extra)
  • 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.


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