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Kings Row (1942)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Romance  -  18 April 1942 (USA)
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The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

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Dr. Henry Gordon
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Dr. Alexander Tower
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Mrs. Harriet Gordon
Nancy Coleman ...
Louise Gordon
Kaaren Verne ...
Elise Sandor
Maria Ouspenskaya ...
Madame von Eln
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Colonel Skeffington
Ernest Cossart ...
Pa Monaghan
Ilka Grüning ...
Anna (as Ilka Gruning)
Pat Moriarity ...
Tod Monaghan
Minor Watson ...
Sam Winters
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Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under the father of his sweetheart Cassie, while Drake plans on becoming a local businessman when he receives his full inheritance - juggling girlfriends in the meantime. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams. Written by scgary66

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The town they talk of in whispers. See more »

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James Stephenson was originally cast as Dr Tower but died of a heart attack before production began. His role went to Claude Rains. See more »

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When Randy sends Parris a letter in Europe, the return address reads "Kings Row, USA" with no street address or state mentioned. See more »

Quotes

Drake McHugh: What's the harm in a little kiss?
Randy Monaghan: A little kiss? Suppose we find out?
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Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op. 66
(1834) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Partially played on piano by Robert Cummings
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A Fine Drama From The Golden Age of Movies
10 January 2005 | by (Independence, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Kings Row" is truly a gem. The acting, photography,direction, script, and memorable score are outstanding. A number of reviewers have criticized Robert Cummings as not being up to the role of Parris Michell. I have to disagree. His earnestness and sincerity are what I appreciate in his characterization which is central to the storyline. Claude Rains, Harry Davenport, Ronald Reagan, and especially Ann Sheridan are outstanding in supporting roles.

I am not an "old geezer", a phrase used by Ronald Reagan in describing Dr. Gordon, who appreciates films from the 30's and 40's; unless being 59 qualifies me as such. I find myself viewing this movie several times a year on tape and Turner Classic Movies. Korngold's theme is truly one of the five top film themes. This is a sensitive and entertaining movie which stands the test of time.


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