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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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Cassandra Tower
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Dr. Henry Gordon
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Dr. Alexander Tower
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Madame von Eln
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Colonel Skeffington
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Pa Monaghan
Ilka Grüning ...
Anna (as Ilka Gruning)
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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. See more »

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James Stephenson was originally cast as Dr Tower but died of a heart attack before production began. His role went to Claude Rains. 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 »

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Madame Marie von Eln: Don't cry, Anna, for me. It will be worse for him. My troubles are almost over and his are just beginning. Growing up is so difficult, Anna. The disappointments and the heartbreaks, the frightening problems, the menaces and cruelties of the world. How often have I wished that his mother will live or his father, or that I were his mother! It isn't fair that a young boy should be brought up by an old woman who will leave him when he needs her most.
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In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played outside of Fritz Bachman's
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DVD urgently needed
1 June 2005 | by (indiana university, bloomington, indiana) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film with one of the greatest musical scores Hollywood ever produced. Eric Wolfgang Korngold is a splendid composer, and this may be his best film score. And the star cast makes the film historically very important. All the major parts are beautifully done. I especially admire Claude Rains and Charles Coburn as the psychiatrist and the sadistic surgeon. The scenes at the beginning with the characters as children is also wonderfully nostalgic and evokes small-town life at the turn of the 20th century effectively. This is Ronald Reagan's best film. It is a disgrace that this film is not yet available on DVD. It would be a good candidate for inclusion in the Criterion series. When can we purchase this film on DVD?


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