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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.

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Director:
Writers:
Thornton Wilder (play)
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Release Date:
24 May 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
I don't want to get married.....I'M AFRAID! See more »
Plot:
Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The Mind of God See more (46 total) »

Cast

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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
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Edward P. Goodnow .... technical advisor
Sol Lesser .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
90 min | 89 min (Hypercube restored version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6071)

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Trivia:
Martha Scott was not considered for the role of "Emily" at first, because of her poor screen test for the role of "Melanie" in Gone with the Wind (1939), but she was chosen after much auditioning of other actresses.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Mr. Webb says that of the residents of Grover's Corners, 86% are Republican, 12% are Democrats and 4% are indifferent. That's a total of 102%.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #27.62" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Mind of God, 26 July 2010
Author: drednm from United States

OUR TOWN is a timeless classic, and this 1940 film version captures the major themes from Thornton Wilder's great play.

At once simple and profound, unsentimental and heart-breaking, the story of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, and its citizens is a time capsule of early 20th Century America. Two neighboring families are examined in their everyday lives, and we especially follow George Gibbs (William Holden) and Emily Webb (Martha Scott) as they grow up and marry.

A stage convention, the Stage Manager (Frank Craven), acts here as a tour guide and talks directly to the audience and tells them the history of the town and stories about the characters. Independent of time, the Stage Manager can also see into the future and matter-of-factly see the various deaths of several characters as well as their pasts.

The scene from the cemetery is chilling yet is quite wondrous as the characters there ponder the timelessness of the universe. Also great is Emily's visit back to her family on her birthday, where she finally understand that life is made up or so many small and insignificant details that we hardly notice as times flies by.

The film boasts a terrific cast with Fay Bainter and Beulah Bondi outstanding as the mothers , Thomas Mitchell and Guy Kibbee solid as the fathers. Also notable are Doro Merande as Mrs. Soames, Arthur Allen as the professor, Philip Wood as the organist, Spencer Charters as the constable, Stu Erwin as the milkman, and Ruth Tobey as Rebecca, who gets to tells the "mind of god" anecdote.

The ending is different from the play's but works well in this version.

This is a film that badly needs restoration

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