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The Corn Is Green (1945)

A schoolteacher becomes the mentor of a talented young miner and seeks to get him into a university.

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Schoolteacher Lilly Moffat is dismayed by conditions in a Welsh mining town. She sets up a school to teach fundamental education to the villagers. Her housekeeper and daughter oppose the project, as does the local Squire who will not rent her space. Using part of her own home, she goes ahead with Miss Moffat's School. One of her students Morgan Evans turns from bully to brilliant student. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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According to director Rapper, Bette Davis hated wearing the wig in the film, but at one point the tin frame from an arc light fell and hit her, and the wig fortuitously saved her from serious injury. See more »

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Despite the villagers being illiterate, every time a poster is put up people gather round to read it. See more »

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Miss Lilly Moffat: I have never spoken to a man for more than five minutes in my life without wanting to box his ears.
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The Yellow Cream (Yr Hufen Melyn)
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Effective filming of stage play...Bette Davis quietly convincing...
27 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis offers an interesting, more restrained performance than usual as Miss Moffat, the schoolteacher determined to help a brilliant student (John Dall) reach his full potential. Although handsomely photographed, the film has the look of a photographed stage play with its studio-bound outdoor sets--but the performances are all so vibrant that they become more important than any other ingredient.

John Dall is excellent in what was his first major role, as is Joan Lorring as Bessie (the girl who takes his mind off his studies). Nigel Bruce, Mildred Dunnock and Rosalind Ivan create fully rounded performances under Irving Rapper's sensitive direction. But it is Davis, of course, who holds the spotlight with one of her most tasteful performances--intelligent and yet full of feeling and emotion.

As I said earlier, all of it shows its stage origins and the singing of the Welsh miners is a bit too perfect for reality--but the film is both entertaining and thought-provoking, dealing as it does with some serious issues. Ahead of its time, in its out-of-wedlock theme.


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