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Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

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

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Bjorn Bjornson
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Mrs. Bjornson
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Mrs. Faraassen
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Pete Hanson
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Kola Hanson
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Mr. Faraassen
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Kurt Jensen
Francis Pierlot ...
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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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Frühling des Lebens  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 2, 1946 with Margaret O'Brien, James Craig and Frances Gifford reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

A cow does not have two stomachs as Martinius Jacobson says to the children in the barn. A cow actually has four stomachs. The Rumen, The Reticulum, The Omasum, and the Abomasum. See more »

Quotes

Martinius Jacobson: [Entering Bjornson's new barn] You can still smell the new wood... finest smell on the earth.
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Connections

Spoofed in Gilligan's Island: Our Vines Have Tender Apes (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A heart-warming tale of rural life in the 1940's for an immigrant family.
7 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a wonderful story about farm life in 1940's Wisconsin starring Edward G Robinson, Margaret O'Brien and Agnes Moorehead.

E.G. Robinson's role in this movie is a vast departure from his usual Tough Guy and Gangster films. He plays a very warm and tender hearted Father and Husband who owns a small farm in rural Wisconsin. His portrayal is superb, and totally surprised me!

Margaret O'Brien plays 7 year old Selma, in a performance that is outstanding. From moments of usual Child-like Innocence, to subtle yet profound moments of Fear, Joy, Anger and Sadness, this performance is one of her best that I have ever seen!

Agnes Moorehead plays the Matriarch of the family, a stern, yet loving wife and mother, who stands by her husband with unwavering faith and shows her daughter what life is all about with love, tenderness and truth.

This movie captivated me, charmed me, and opened my eyes to small town America in the 1940's, and shows a wonderfully simple style of life, that I wish we could all go back to. I hope you will enjoy this movie!


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