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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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Betty Field ...
Cassandra Tower
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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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Initially screenwriter Casey Robinson thought it was madness to tackle an adaptation of Henry Bellamann's controversial novel as it featured such topics as incest, adultery and suicide, all of which would never get past the Hays Code. Indeed, Joseph Breen, who ran the Hays Office, wrote an open letter declaring the novel's unsuitability for movie treatment. Robinson and producer David Lewis met with Breen to discuss his views and agreed to remove as much offending content as possible, pitching the adaptation as a coming of age tale for an idealistic young doctor who is amazed at what he sees in the world around him. It took several drafts but eventually Breen was satisfied with Robinson's take on the material. 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 »

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Drake McHugh: Randy, Randy - Where's the rest of me...?
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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
(1830+) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Liszt
Partially played on piano by Kaaren Verne and then by Robert Cummings
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Reagan Was at his BEST!
12 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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