How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family  |  9 April 1942 (Australia)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Welsh Singers ...
Morton Lowry ...
Arthur Shields ...
Ann E. Todd ...
Ceinwen (as Ann Todd)
Frederick Worlock ...
Richard Fraser ...


Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw, we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes for younger son how to honor his hard working parents. Huw who has his own ideas on how to honor his father. Daughter Angharad is the most beautiful girl in the valley and is very much in love with Mr. Gruffydd who isn't sure he can provide her the life she deserves. Times are hard and good men find themselves out of work and exploited by unseen mine owners. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 April 1942 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley  »

Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The novel was adapted as a Broadway musical, called A Time for Singing, which opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York, on May 21, 1966. Music was by John Morris; book and lyrics by Gerald Freedman and Mr. Morris. Production directed by Mr. Freedman, starring Ivor Emmanuel, Tessie O'Shea, Shani Wallis, and Laurence Naismith. See more »


When Huw comes home after being beaten by his teacher, there is no blood or marks on his back. See more »


Beth Morgan: I have come up here to tell you what I think of you all, because you are talking against my husband. You are a lot of cowards to go against him. He has done nothing against you and he never has and you know it well. How some of you, you smug-faced hypocrites, can sit in the same chapel with him I cannot tell. To say he is with the owners is not only nonsense but downright wickedness. There's one thing more I've got to say and it is this. If harm comes to my Gwilym, I will find out the men and I...
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Bryn Calfaria
Music by William Owen
Welsh lyrics by William Williams
Sung by men walking to mine
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Very moving
11 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie tugged at my heart strings like few others. I was thoroughly immersed in the lives of the Morgans and found myself especially drawn to young Huw's trials, tribulations, and triumphs. The scene where he taps his fork twice and sneezes before he is acknowledged by his father was poignant beyond belief. Despite the hardships and tragedies there is also warmth and humor such as when family friends of the Morgans visit the schoolmaster after he had been especially harsh with Huw. The romantic aspect of the film is also well done by its primary principles, Angharad and the pastor. All in all the films does a magnificent job of capturing the lives of a family in a bygone time and place. There is no doubt that this is a great film and the fact that it beat out the likes of Citizen Kane for Best Picture is a testament to that fact. 9/10.

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