DirectorKing Vidor Budget1.012 million USD CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date3 November 1938 Based onThe Citadel
by A. J. Cronin WriterIan 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 directorLouis Levy, Charles Williams CastRobert 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) Similar moviesSelf/less, Stonehearst Asylum, Straight Outta Compton, Mission: Impossible III, Johanna, The Expendables 3
TaglineSecrets 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.
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
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)
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.