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An American Romance (1944)

Passed  -  Drama  -  16 April 1945 (Sweden)
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Stefan Dangos immigrates to America and works his way up from the iron mines and steel mills to become a great American success story as an industrialist.

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Howard Clinton
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Anton Dubechek
Stephen McNally ...
Teddy Roosevelt Dangos / Narrator (as Horace McNally)
Mary McLeod ...
Katina 'Tina' Dangos
Bob Lowell ...
George Washington Dangos
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Stefan Dangos immigrates to America and works his way up from the iron mines and steel mills to become a great American success story as an industrialist. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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OUT OF THE HOPE AND COURAGE OF A MAN ...THE LOVE AND DEVOTION OF A WOMAN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

16 April 1945 (Sweden)  »

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America  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,727,340 (Sweden)
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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vidor had originally thought he had an understanding with MGM that Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman would play the leads. See more »

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As Steve Dangos closes his front door (after arriving home from the board meeting), a hand and lower arm can also be seen closing the door from the outside. See more »

Soundtracks

America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the Music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
Played during the opening credits
Reprised at the end
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Unabashed schmaltzy patriotism that works...
24 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"An American Romance" is the sort of film that was the perfect film for the perfect time. It is chock full of unabashed patriotism and is a bit schmaltzy--all in the midst of WWII. So, this sort of gung-ho worked well then but probably would be seen by many today as dated. However, I think that compared to many such films of the era, this one actually holds up well and is worth seeing today, as there is excellent acting and a bit of a history lesson here we could enjoy.

The film begins with Stefan Dubechek aka Steve Dangos (Brian Donlevy) arriving in America. He knows no English but like any good citizen, has a strong desire to work hard and make something of himself. So, starting off at the bottom at a steel mill, he is able to work his way up through the company. Eventually, he and a new friend find they have a great idea for a new car--and soon leave to start a company of their own.

The film is basically the American success story. Of course not every guy with vision and drive makes it--but this film seems to indicate that such an individual will. And, it also stresses the importance of such a strong-minded and committed person to the new war effort, as the film ends with Dangos organizing his factory for the mass production of aircraft.

While this could have been a dry documentary-type film, little bits of humanity and charm make this film work well. Well worth seeing.

By the way, if you do watch, pay attention to Donlevy's accent. Especially towards the end, he forgot it in a scene or two and in the next he's speaking with this strong accent once again!


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