Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Family  |  September 1945 (USA)
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A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viola Johnson
Morris Carnovsky ...
Bjorn Bjornson
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ...
Arnold Hanson
Sara Haden ...
Mrs. Bjornson
Greta Granstedt ...
Mrs. Faraassen
Dorothy Morris ...
Ingeborg Jensen
Arthur Space ...
Pete Hanson
Elizabeth Russell ...
Kola Hanson
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Mr. Faraassen
Kurt Jensen
Francis Pierlot ...


Life in small town Wisconsin. Selma and Arnold, aged 7 and 5, pal around together between their two farms. Selma has a newborn calf that her father gave to her which she named 'Elizabeth'. Nels is the editor of the Fuller Junction Spectator and the kids just call him 'editor'. Viola is the new school teacher from the big city. While Nels wants to marry Viola, Viola does not want to live in a small quiet, nothing happening town. The biggest news is that Faraassen has built a new barn. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fr├╝hling des Lebens  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is taken from The Holy Bible, The Song of Solomon, Chapter 2-15: "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." See more »


In the opening scene, during the two-shot of Selma Jacobson and Arnold Hanson, he can be seen mouthing her lines as she says them. See more »


Martinius Jacobson: [Entering Bjornson's new barn] You can still smell the new wood... finest smell on the earth.
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Spoofed in Gorilla My Dreams (1948) See more »


Joy to the World
(1719) (uncredited)
Music attributed to George Frideric Handel
Hymn by Isaac Watts (1719)
Arranged by Lowell Mason
Sung by all in Church
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I loved this movie!
4 May 2004 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

Sure, maybe the movie harkens back to a simpler time and maybe life really didn't go this way for alot of people, but this is a sweet movie- the likes we don't really see too much of these days. I did find myself waiting for the inevitable "other shoe to drop" as things were really going too well for the main characters and in all movies- something bad usually happens. I have read other comments here regarding this movie and it's supposed communist undertones- if giving of yourself to help someone that lost everything in a fire is communist- then I'm all for it. Edward G Robinson is hard working, sweet and gentle- without being mushy- it's a simple film that is nice to watch for it's wholesomeness. There are some unhappy parts- a barn burning- and a lesson that even when you get something that you have wanted for your whole life, things can be taken away in the blink of an eye. It's a wonderful movie and has alot of the things I watch some classic movies for: a charm and sweetness that involves no sex and violence- it doesn't need to to get it's message across.

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