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Kings Row (1942)

Not Rated | | 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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Henry Gordon
Dr. Alexander Tower
Mrs. Harriet Gordon
Louise Gordon
Elise Sandor
Madame von Eln
Colonel Skeffington
Pa Monaghan
Ilka Grüning ...
Anna (as Ilka Gruning)
Pat Moriarity ...
Tod Monaghan
Minor Watson ...
Sam Winters


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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Release Date:

18 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abismo de pasión  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score proved to be hugely popular with the movie-going public. Warner Brothers was inundated with written requests for the sheet music. Ironically, the score failed to receive an Academy Award nomination. See more »


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 »


Drake McHugh: What's the harm in a little kiss?
Randy Monaghan: A little kiss? Suppose we find out?
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Referenced in Sands of Oblivion (2007) See more »


Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op. 66
(1834) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Partially played on piano by Robert Cummings
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original casting thoughts
3 April 2006 | by (jewett city ct) – See all my reviews

Kings Row was bought by Hal Wallis, then the number two man at WB, Warner Brothers. As there was often trades made between studios for leading actors and actresses, Wallis originally wanted Tyrone Power to play Drake, and Henry Fonda to play Parris, but he couldn't talk Darryl Zanuck into it. Ronald Reagan proved his strength as actor in this movie. Bob Cummings is felt as being weak in his portrayal of Parris. However Parris's character is played with the right touch of not so much weakness as being naive. Henry Fonda would've brought more intensity to the role, but I'm not sure he could've brought out the essence of how sheltered a life Parris had lived as child, and later teenager. That's what Cummings brought to the role.

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