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The Human Comedy (1943)

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Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family, while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.

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Homer Macauley remains in a small town looking after his widowed mother and younger brother. Homer's older brother is fighting the war in Europe. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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14 February 1944 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La comedia humana  »

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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Human Comedy was, according to many reports, MGM studio chief 'Louis B. Mayer''s favorite film. See more »

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Near the end of the film when Homer and his friends walk to the telegraph office Homer's tie is tied up short (the tail below the broad part of the tie) but when Homer enters the office and in the following scenes, the tie is tied correctly. See more »

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Mr. Macauley: I am Matthew Macauley. I have been dead for two years. So much of me is still living that I know now the end is only the beginning. As I look down on my homeland of Ithaca, California, with its cactus, vineyards and orchards, I see that so much of me is still living there - in the places I've been, in the fields and streets and church and most of all in my home, where my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions still live in the daily life of my loved ones.
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Cielito Lindo
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Written by Quirino Mendoza
Sung a cappella by Ann Ayars in Spanish
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A WWII must see movie
4 February 1999 | by (Lafayette, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This movie, like the "The Sullivans" is extremely had to find at your video store. Set in Ithaca, Calif. It's the story of young boy(played by Mickey Rooney) who delivers telegrams in his small town during the war. Needless to say he has to deliver the heart wrenching "Dear Sir/Ma'am: The War Department regrets to inform you of the death of your son........" It truly is a great movie of small town values,hopes and fears during the war. If you liked the Sullivans, this movie will move you also. And interesting note here, is that the book was published after the movie.


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