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Our Town (1940)

 -  Drama  -  24 May 1940 (USA)
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks... See full summary »

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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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I never felt so alone in my life. Why can't I stay for a while just as I am? I don't want to get married. See more »

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24 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Nuestro pueblo  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 6, 1940, with William Holden and Martha Scott reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

The beginning of the movie takes place on June 7, 1901. That night everyone comments on how beautiful the moon is and we later learn it is 8:30pm. The moon did not rise until midnight on that date. In fact the sun did not set until 8:30pm. Additionally, crickets can be heard loudly chirping throughout these scenes. This would be very unusual for early June, but common in late August. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs: It seems to me, once in your life, before you die, you ought to see a country where they don't speak any English and they don't even want to.
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Remade as Our Town (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Languid?
(1868)
Music "Stephanos" by Henry W. Baker (1868)
Greek words by Stephen of Mar Saba (Judea) (8th century)
Translated from Greek to English by John M. Neale (1862)
Played on an organ in church by Philip Wood and sung by the choir
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Sentimentality made lovely and even haunting...
17 November 2000 | by (Dayton, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

This film, a Thornton Wilder play, is about how many of the unnoticed details of day-to-day life are sweet and, in fact, ARE life. The Aaron Copeland music sprinkled through the film is lovely and fits the mood perfectly. The contrived ending (not part of the stage play) does not help the film, but by no means does it ruin it, either.


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