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Casey Robinson (screen play)
Henry Bellamann (from the novel by)
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18 April 1942 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
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Turn of the Century Soap Opera at its best! See more (64 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ann Sheridan ... Randy Monaghan

Robert Cummings ... Parris Mitchell

Ronald Reagan ... Drake McHugh
Betty Field ... Cassandra Tower

Charles Coburn ... Dr. Henry Gordon

Claude Rains ... Dr. Alexander Tower

Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Harriet Gordon
Nancy Coleman ... Louise Gordon
Kaaren Verne ... Elise Sandor
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Madame von Eln

Harry Davenport ... Colonel Skeffington
Ernest Cossart ... Pa Monaghan
Ilka Grüning ... Anna (as Ilka Gruning)
Pat Moriarity ... Tod Monaghan
Minor Watson ... Sam Winters
Ludwig Stössel ... Professor Berdorff (as Ludwig Stossel)
Erwin Kalser ... Mr. Sandor
Egon Brecher ... Dr. Candell
Ann E. Todd ... Randy Monaghan - as a Girl (as Ann Todd)
Scotty Beckett ... Parris Mitchell - as a Boy
Douglas Croft ... Drake McHugh - as a Boy
Mary Thomas ... Cassandra Tower - as a Girl
Julie Warren ... Poppy Ross
Mary Scott ... Jinny Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leah Baird ... Aunt Mamie (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Deputy Constable (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... Willie (uncredited)
Joan Duvalle ... Louise Gordon - as a Girl (uncredited)
Eden Gray ... Mrs. Tower (uncredited)
Ludwig Hardt ... Porter (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Arnold Kelly (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond haired boy at party (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Benny Singer (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy in Party Scene (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Bill Hockinson (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Stable Keeper (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Conductor (uncredited)
Frank Milan ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Freight Conductor (uncredited)
Hattie Noel ... Daisy - Gordon Family Maid (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Harley Davis (uncredited)
Bertha Powell ... Esther (uncredited)
Thomas W. Ross ... Patterson Lawes (uncredited)
Hermine Sterler ... Secretary (uncredited)
Elizabeth Valentine ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screen play)

Henry Bellamann (from the novel by)

Produced by
David Lewis .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (music by)
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies (production designed by)
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Helen Stinton .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Joe Stinton .... makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager (uncredited)
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
G.W. Berntsen .... assistant props (uncredited)
George James Hopkins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lyle B. Reifsnider .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Special Effects by
Robert Burks .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Anderson .... second camera (uncredited)
Clifford Hutchison .... best boy (uncredited)
Madison S. Lacy .... stills (uncredited)
William Reinhold .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Rike .... gaffer (uncredited)
Warren Yaple .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Bunch .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Eugene Busch .... script clerk (uncredited)
Don King .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros. First National Picture)
DistributorsOther Companies

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127 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #7337)

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Warner Brothers wanted Tyrone Power for the role of 'Parris'. 20th Century Fox refused, due to how unhappy they were because Power's role in Marie Antoinette was basically a supporting role, although he received top billing with Norma Shearer. 'Darryl Zanuck' said he would never lend out Power again, and as a result, Power lost other roles as well.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Dr. Alexander Q. Tower:In the 13th Century, man was happier and more comfortable in his world than he is now. I'm speaking of psychic man and his relationship with his whole universe.
Parris Mitchell:I get it, sir. Everything was so simple then
Dr. Alexander Q. Tower:That was it, Parris. That was it. But in this modern complicated world, man breaks down under the strain, the bewilderment, disappointment, and disillusionment. He gets lost, goes crazy, commits suicide. I don't know what's going to happen to this world in the next hundred years or so, but I can guarantee you life isn't going to get any simpler. Worry and doubt bring on a bellyache. Mankind's building up the biggest psychic bellyache in history.
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Turn of the Century Soap Opera at its best!, 3 May 2001
Author: mark.waltz from United States

One of the best remembered films of the 40's, "King's Row" has gotten more attention because of Ronald Reagen's "Where's the rest of me?" line than anything else in the film. Sixty years later, "King's Row" as a film holds an important place in American history for more reasons than just a famous line barked by a future American president.

The central character is Paris Mitchell (Robert Cummings), the epitome of goodness and virtue. Raised by his loving grandma (Maria Ouspenskaya) in a wealthy home, Paris has been taught to love beyond his social standing, and ends up giving back to society what his grandmother gave to him. The secondary lead is Drake McHugh (Reagen), a spunky young man who is Paris's best friend. Paris is sometimes too good to be believed; McHugh is a full-bodied character, supporting in status, who steals interest away from the lead.

Paris and Drake are surrounded by characters of all classes, good and bad, who have major impacts on their lives. Dr. Towers (Claude Rains) is a mysterious doctor (without any patients) who lives as a recluse thanks to the insanity of his wife. Towers' daughter, Cassie (Betty Field), loves Paris, but Towers does all he can to keep them apart while training Paris to become a doctor. Then, there is surgeon Dr. Gordon (Charles Coburn), seemingly good on the surface, but filled with a dark streak on the inside that would ultimately destroy Drake. His wife (Judith Anderson) supports him, but daughter Louise (Nancy Coleman) is desperately in love with Drake, and would do anything to be with him, even defying her parents.

A childhood chum, Randi Monahan (Ann Sheridan) is the spunky girl from the other side of the tracks who grows up to be a beautiful and kind woman. Drake's bankruptcy brings him and Randi together, while Paris goes off to Europe to study psychiatry after a tragic incident at Dr. Towers' house. During Paris' absence, Drake has an accident which Dr. Gordon is brought to. That night changes everyone's life forever.

Robert Cummings is not a poor actor, but certainly not one of the best out of Hollywood. Handsome Cummings tried to change his image with this film, but was totally outshined by Reagen who proved that with the right preparations, he could be an excellent actor. I am not a Ronald Reagen fan-politically or as an actor, but he is massively impressive here. His other film credits were filled with forgettable performances, but this one I must honesty say he was worthy of an Oscar nomination which he did not receive. Also worthy of a nomination was Ann Sheridan, even though she does not make her appearance until Paris leaves for Europe. Her strength and devotion to Drake give Sheridan the chance to stretch all of her acting muscles, and Sheridan does it impressively. Sheridan, unlike her male co-stars, did have a respectable list of acting credits, and it is a pity that she was never acknowledged during her lifetime for her talents.

As two different style of doctors, Rains and Coburn give two different styles of performances. Rains is quietly sensitive and filled with pain as to the torture he feels concerning his wife and daughter; Coburn, on the other hand, has everything; a wife who loves him, and a seemingly strong daughter. However, once his dark side comes through, Coburn becomes absolutely hissable. Unlike Rains, whom we sympathize with, Coburn never once wins us over. Such a lovable actor in other films, he really had a different type of part here, and chews it up like a dog on a fresh steak bone!

Ouspenskaya always gives me chuckles in the wrong places. The scene where young Paris speaks French to her through the open windows of their home is laughabily over the top. Later, when Ouspenskaya is dying, she expresses such a over-the-top nobility that on several occasions, I found myself saying, "Would you just die already?" Wide-eyed Betty Field makes the most of a small part as Cassie Towers; Nancy Coleman's Louise Gordon goes from sane to psycho in such a short span that I can't help but wish there had been more to fill in what drove her there. Screen villainess Judith Anderson sadly is underused in her few scenes as Mrs. Gordon. I longed for her to have one truly evil scene, yet felt sympathy for her when she confided her fears of Louise's insanity to Paris Mitchell. Small appearances by Harry Davenport and Kaaren Verne are charming, yet undeveloped.

In spite of these faults, I find "King's Row" remains a favorite of mine, thanks to its delightfully charming yet gaudy small town atmosphere (reminding me of the small town in Chautaqua County New York I grew up in), the marvelous musical score, and the simply breathtaking photography. Strongest of all is Sam Wood's direction which makes the film flow smoothly from one sequence to the next. "King's Row" would have made an excellent daily soap opera, and in fact did appear briefly in the 50's as a prime time series.

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