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The Human Comedy (1943)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 14 February 1944 (Sweden)
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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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 12, 1943 with Mickey Rooney and Frank Morgan reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Anthony J. Showalter
Lyrics by Elisha A. Hoffman
Sung by John Craven and others on a troop train
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I watch this movie every time it is shown .... it NEVER gets "old".
30 January 2006 | by (Cedar Rapids, IOWA) – See all my reviews

I am a 73yr 1st generation American (both parents from Poland); I lived all of WWII in St. Louis, MO; by coincidence, our house was next to a "Store Front" which contained a 24hr Western Union; and, my 2yr older brother (Art) bicycle-delivered greetings and messages for Western Union.

Great Movie!!!! Brings back the memories of that time. I could always tell when Art had a bad day. The situations (family life, Park Picnics, sand lot roughnecking by the kids) depicted in the movie follows pretty closely the families that I recall from the mid-war era. Tough times in '43 .... we knew it was getting better, just a question of "How Soon?'. I walked to school with my 3 sisters and Art .... about 10 blocks .... allowed us to see the In Service Banners with Blues Stars "Active Duty", Red Stars "Pow or MIA", Gold Stars "KIA".

Any and all adverse comments about this Movie's era can only come from a person(s) ignorance or their need to rewrite History. Those of us who are left are becoming fewer every year ..... a handful after 2031 ..... in the meantime, we ARE the living history.


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