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The Valley of Decision (1945)

Passed | | Drama | June 1945 (USA)
Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the ... See full summary »

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Constance Scott
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McCready
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Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their romance is complicated by Paul's engagement to someone else and a bitter strike among the mill workers. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Das Tal der Entscheidung  »

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$2,160,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Feature film debut of Dean Stockwell. See more »

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When Mary is leaving for Europe after stopping in at her father's house, she rushes away without her satchel containing all her belongings. She is seen boarding the carriage without it, and Jim, who accompanies her outside, is not carrying it, either. See more »

Quotes

Paul Scott: [Mary is upset over her father's stubbornness and begins crying. Paul leads her to a bluff overlooking Pittsburgh's steel mills] You can see all of Pittsburgh from here, but Pittsburgh can't see you. Why don't you sit down and cry it out?
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Referenced in Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

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Molly Baun
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Traditional Irish Ballad
Sung a cappella by Greer Garson
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An forgotten classic!
26 February 2002 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

When one thinks of Greer Garson, movies like "Mrs. Miniver" or "Pride and Prejudice" come to mind. And when one thinks of Gregory Peck, movies like "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "Gentleman's Agreement" come to mind. However, both of these terrific actors are fantastic in "The Valley of Decision," which I consider to be one of the forgotten classics of the 1940's. It was deservingly nominated for two Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nomination for Greer Garson. I believe she gives one of her most touching, heartfelt performances as Mary Rafferty. This movie is a must-see for all movie fans. I give it an enthusiastic 10 out of 10!


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