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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It took only two months to make the film. See more »


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


Huw Morgan: Indeed I will.
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Spoofed in How Green Is My Spinach (1950) See more »


Music by J.T. Rees
Welsh lyrics by Charles Wesley
Arranged by Tudor Williams
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Unforgettable Film
4 April 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This moving film has become part of the all-time American classics, and rightly so. It is a beautifully conceived and executed adaptation of a beloved novel.

One of John Ford's finest hours, it is magnificently staged and shot, with a lovely score (by Alfred Newman) and rich performances, headed by Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara and Roddy McDowall.

That it was made on a fairly limited budget and filmed entirely on the 20th Century back lot is little short of amazing. Its truly great, sprawling set seems to be the real thing: a actual coal mining town.

Ford's attention to careful group blocking and staging of tableau adds to the artistry of the work. Its political subtext corresponds with America's stance regarding European policy at the time. Other issues such as women's rights and religious bigotry help to likewise bolster the tale.

I agree that "How Green Was My Valley" is a fine achievement, now gloriously restored to dvd for many future viewers to enjoy.

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