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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fay Bainter ...
Guy Kibbee ...
Frank Craven ...
Doro Merande ...
Philip Wood ...
Ruth Tobey ...
Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
Douglas Gardner ...
Arthur B. Allen ...
Professor Willard (as Arthur Allen)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Dr. Ferguson
Spencer Charters ...


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 <>

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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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| (Hypercube restored)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


It is mentioned that Grover's Corners is found at 42 degrees 40 minutes latitude and 70 degrees 37 minutes longitude. These coordinates are actually off the coast of Rockport, Massachusetts in the Atlantic Ocean, not inland near the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border. See more »


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 Art Carney Special: Our Town (1959) See more »


The Wedding March
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on an organ after the wedding
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A film I dont want to watch..but I cant stop watching...
11 September 2003 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

Why is this a film I dont wanna watch...because it moves me to uncontrollable tears everytime...It hits home...Thornton Wilder must have known my family ,understood my psyche..It hits home... Americana at the turn of the century.. my parents born... not in samll town america but Mid size city... still the thought the virtues the principals, the ideals were the same the happiness of a a home in America.. Mom & Dad providing a home, warm morning breakfasts on a cold winter day.. family members irrelevant yet unforgettable... the birthdays the graduations & the weddings the changes & the phases of life... and death are simply adequately & beautifully presented by Thornton Wilder & his play & screen play.. Emily portrayed by Marhta Scott is superb... if this doesnt bring a tear to your eye, you are not human... & George played by William Holden perfectly & the best supporting cast ever assembled.. Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchel, Guy Kibee,Dora Merande etc etc...non stop emotions.. non stop truth.. and the score ,all so memorable... i shouldnt watch this film..becsause its non stop tears everytime... but to me its an American Classic,,, maybe it absorb every line & cry your eyes out..

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