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Director:
Writers:
Casey Robinson (screen play)
Henry Bellamann (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
18 April 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Perfect Players . . . in the 4 Star Best-Seller Story now becomes your Top Screen Triumph! . . . in Kings Row See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
The Unbearable Complexity of Being See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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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 Giddings .... 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)
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Runtime:
127 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Initially screenwriter Casey Robinson thought it was madness to tackle an adaptation of Henry Bellamann's controversial novel as it featured such topics as incest, adultery and suicide, all of which would never get past the Hays Code. Indeed, Joseph Breen, who ran the Hays Office, wrote an open letter declaring the novel's unsuitability for movie treatment. Robinson and producer David Lewis met with Breen to discuss his views and agreed to remove as much offending content as possible, pitching the adaptation as a coming of age tale for an idealistic young doctor who is amazed at what he sees in the world around him. It took several drafts but eventually Breen was satisfied with Robinson's take on the material.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Randy sends Parris a letter in Europe, the return address reads "Kings Row, USA" with no street address or state mentioned.See more »
Quotes:
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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
In the Shade of the Old Apple TreeSee more »

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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The Unbearable Complexity of Being, 28 July 1999

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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