Approved | | Drama
A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.
Censorship at the time meant that the subplot of Arrowsmith's liaison with another woman whilst still married meant that most of Myrna Loy's scenes were drastically cut. Although every attempt was made to restore the present version to its original length, there are still about ten minutes missing.
Dr. Martin Arrowsmith:
God give me clear eyes and freedom from haste. God give me anger against all pretense. God keep me looking for my own mistakes. God keep me at it till my results are proven. God give me strength not to trust to God.
Arrowsmith conducts a trial of his serum by giving it to half the potential plague victims and giving the other half nothing. Anyone who tried this in real life would provoke protests, if not riots. So these trials are conducted by giving half the people a placebo and not telling anyone which they are getting.
Opening credits prologue: The story of a man who dedicated his life to service and his heart to the love of one woman.
The opening title is altered with a patch that covers a credit for United Artists, the original distributor. This was probably ordered by Goldwyn himself for reissues.
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