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Our Town -- 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.
Our Town -- The classic look at small town life.


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Release Date:
24 May 1940 (USA) See more »
I don't want to get married.....I'M AFRAID! See more »
Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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Directed by
Sam Wood 
Writing credits
Thornton Wilder (play)

Thornton Wilder (screenplay) &
Frank Craven (screenplay) &
Harry Chandlee (screenplay)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Copland 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
Art Direction by
Lewis J. Rachmil 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne (uncredited)
Production Management
Barney Briskin .... production manager (uncredited)
Alfred Raboch .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sherwood .... assistant director
Lee Sholem .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Julia Heron .... interiors
Harry Horner .... associate production designer
Sound Department
Paul Neal .... sound technician
Thomas T. Moulton .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward P. Lambert .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... orchestral director
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Edward P. Goodnow .... technical advisor
Sol Lesser .... presenter
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Also Known As:
90 min | 89 min (Hypercube restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6071)

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"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 »
Errors in geography: The Stage Manager mentions the "Boston train" and the "Albany train" passing through Grover's Corners, NH. The Boston-Albany train line did not (and does not) enter New Hampshire.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Party Camp (1987)See more »
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »


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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Would that...., 15 June 2003
Author: mayo2338 from yardley pa

Would that , however briefly, fleetingly, and insufficiently, the past was available . Available to undo, redress, and remorsefully retrieve the myriad cruelties and omisssions so excruciatingly beyond our access. The love unexpressed or not fully set forth. The priceless charm of those moments, personnae, and occasions that are fiendishly now irretrieveable and not wholly recalled. Thorton Wilder laid a right-uppercut properly, brutally and unforgivably upon us in OUR TOWN.

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