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
The town they talk of in whispers.
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20th Century Fox attempted to buy the book's rights to turn it into a vehicle for Henry Fonda
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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, as a boy
[to Parris, as Dr. Gordon operates on a friend's father
Let's get out of here! I never heard a grown man scream and holler like this before, did you?
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
Written by Franz Liszt
Partially played on piano by Kaaren Verne
and then by Robert Cummings See more