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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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Anna (as Ilka Gruning)
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Tod Monaghan
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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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For his pivotal scene, Ronald Reagan researched extensively, meeting with amputees and doctors to find out how they reacted in similar situations. He deliberately had little sleep the night before the scene was shot. Sam Wood didn't let him rehearse the scene either, so he could tackle it fresh. The scene was captured in one take. See more »

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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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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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The Unbearable Complexity of Being

I have never been to America, but this movie seems so familiar. It reminds me so much of the apartment building I grew up in Calcutta. Maybe because people everywhere are essentially the same, or maybe because every character in this movie is a carefully thought out archetype. The Good Grandson who is the apostle of virtue, the Sacrificing Best Friend, the Spunky Girl, the men who live on the wrong side of the tracks but are still nobler than the rich old townspeople, the Old Man with Something to Hide, the Evil Man with an Honorable Facade, etc. In fact just the crowd u'd meet anywhere u live. That's what, I feel, gives this movie its timelessness. Add to it James Wong Howe's lustrous b&w photography like an old family photo polished everyday by the doting old maid, the assured editing that pieces together scenes straddling across time [Parris, the good little boy to Parris the good young man] & space [Americana to Vienna, like the new year msg in Parris' letter from Vienna dissolving into another msg scratched out on the snow in King's Row], Sam Wood's confident direction [he had done 'Our Town' too] & brilliant all round acting. Reagan blew my mind & so did Anne Sheridan. Wish Robert Cummings was less wimpy, but you can't take it all, can you?

A great movie, see it!


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