Kings Row (1942)

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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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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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18 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Abismo de pasión  »

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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 »


Drake McHugh: What's the harm in a little kiss?
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
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Reagan Was at his BEST!
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Viewed this film when it was first shown in NYC and our hearts went out to the great acting Ronald Reagan performed in this picture. Reagan wanted this role and was in competition with other great actors who also desired this role, which made Ron work even harder to give an outstanding performance. Claude Rains,(Dr. Alexander Q. Tower),"The Wolfman",'66, was a famous and great veteran actor of the screen along with Betty Field (Cassie Tower),"Peyton Place",'57 who gave a great supporting role along with Maria Ouspenskaya(Madame von Eln), "The Wolfman",'66. This film had a great deal of mystery surrounding a small town and told the deep horrors of murder, incest and mental illness that was being hidden behind closed doors. Many of the citizens of the town had many secrets to hide from each other. Robert Cummings played a great role as a very successful young man trying to become a great doctor. However, Ronald Reagan made this one of his greatest acting roles, and brought tears to your eyes through out many scenes!

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