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Ah, Wilderness! (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | April 1936 (Japan)
Story of small-town life in turn-of-the-century America, and a young boy's problems facing adolescence.



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Complete credited cast:
Mr. McComber (as Charles Grapewin)
Edward J. Nugent ...
Wint (as Edward Nugent)
Helen Flint ...
Helen Freeman ...


Young idealist Richard Miller is selected as valedictorian for his New England high school commencement class of 1906 and intends to inject modern anti-capitalistic ideas into his speech. His father, Nat Miller, accidentally learns of it and interrupts Richard's speech before he can make a fool of himself. The small town later celebrates the Fourth of July with customary fireworks, picnics and the like, with Richard spending time with his girl, Muriel McComber, who promises she will allow him to kiss her one day. When Richard sends poems of love to Muriel, quoting the likes of Omar Khayyám and Swinburne, her father prevents her from ever seeing him again and forces her to write a letter denouncing him. Heartbroken, Richard drowns his sorrow in a local bar, drinking and smoking with a vamp called Belle, and comes home drunk. Alcoholic uncle Sid, who is used to the effects of liquor, nurses Richard back to sobriety, but Richard still must face the uncertain punishment of his father as ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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The play that startled the nation!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

April 1936 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ayer como hoy  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gazebo in this film, a symbol of the typical American town, was built specially for the movie. See more »


The "Stanley Steamer" automobile is depicted as chugging and back-firing, which are not possible with steam engines. These are characteristics of internal combustion engines. See more »


Richard 'Dick' Miller: I'm afraid I was born a hundred years before my time.
Muriel McComber: I was born ten days ahead of mine.
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Then You'll Remember Me
(1843) (uncredited
Written by Michael William Balfe
Sung a cappella by Frank Albertson
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O'Neill's classic about small town life
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MGM's adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's classic comedy about small time life benefits from a sturdy cast, especially Spring Byington and Lionel Barrymore. There is also Mickey Rooney who gives a delightful performance as a pre-adolescent son. But it is Wallace Beery, who plays the drifter uncle, that garners the most attention.

Check out the dinner table scene where Berry's character stuffs the shellfish in his mouth. And don't miss the long drunk scene, which is brilliant. Despite the antics, it is a surprisingly restrained performance.

Remade by MGM, as a musical called Summer Holiday, with Mickey Rooney in a more prominent role.

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