Dodsworth is an adaptation of a novel by Sinclair Lewis about a retired automobile tycoon and his wife. Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston) has retired and wants to take an extended vacation in Europe with Fran Dodsworth (Ruth Chatterton), his wife. This adventure doesn't turn out to be the second honeymoon they planned, however. Fran, who is extremely self-conscious, materialistic, and frivolous, falls in with a crowd of equally shallow socialites. Sam, on the other hand, meets a woman named Edith Cortwright (Mary Astor) who is everything that Fran is not; she has incredible confidence, depth, and is a very independent woman. Edith opens his eyes and restores his faith in love, as well as giving him a reason to live. Fran realizes she's quickly losing him to this other woman, and desperately attempts to get him back. Will it be enough to win him over or will it be too little too late?