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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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THE TOWN THEY TALK OF IN WHISPERS (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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18 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Abismo de pasión  »

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Trivia

Erich Wolfgang Korngold had written the scores for a number of important movies for Warners, including The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). Korngold was told he was to write a score for a new picture, 'Kings Row'. According to Brendan Carroll in his biography of Korngold, the composer, thinking this was another royal story, set about writing the celebrated fanfare theme of the picture. Despite the wrong assumption, Korngold decided to keep and develop the theme into what has become a classic score. See more »

Goofs

When Parris is speaking to his instructor in Vienna, Dr. Kendell strikes a match to light his pipe. In the next shot, the match has disappeared and there is no evidence that he lit the pipe. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: Oh, have you read this?
Parris Mitchell: Yes, sir. I didn't understand it entirely, I'm afraid.
Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: Well, it's a new field. They've even a new word for it: psychiatry.
Parris Mitchell: It's something I never thought about. I mean, for a doctor to want to cure diseases of people's minds instead of their bodies. I suppose it's a pretty big field, sir.
Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: Maybe too big. Maybe a hundred years off.
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Referenced in Reagan: Let's Finish the Job: Episode #1.2 (1986) See more »

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My Gal Is a High-Born Lady
(1886) (uncredited)
Written by Barney Fagan
Sung by the folks in the buggy
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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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