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The Valley of Decision (1945)

Passed  -  Drama  -  June 1945 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Pat Rafferty
Preston Foster ...
Jim Brennan
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Constance Scott
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Clarissa Scott
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McCready
Dan Duryea ...
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Louise Kane
Barbara Everest ...
Delia
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Geraldine Wall ...
Kate Shannon
Evelyn Dockson ...
Mrs. Callahan
John Warburton ...
Giles
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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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June 1945 (USA)  »

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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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Despite her youthful appearance, Greer Garson was twelve years older than her leading man, Gregory Peck. 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 Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gregory Peck (1962) See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
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Whistled by Gregory Peck several times
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extremely well-made melodrama
28 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, I'll admit that this movie is a bit heavy-handed at times. Lionel Barrymore's performance as Mary's father is not a subtle performance and the movie is a tad predictable at times. However, despite these minor shortcomings, this is a marvelous romantic flick from Hollywood's heyday and is a great early Gregory Peck vehicle.

Mary (Greer Garson) is a lovely poor lass who goes to work as a housekeeper in the home of the wealthy family (the Scotts) who own the local steel mill. This is problematic, as Mary's father was seriously injured in the mill and bears an intense hatred of the Scotts. It becomes even more problematic as, over time, handsome Paul Scott (Peck) falls for her and asks for her hand in marriage! Yikes! However, this is only about half-way through the movie--what happens next you'll need to find out yourself.

Great performances (not just from the two leads but from capable supporting actors such as Donald Crisp and Dan Duryea), direction, sets and writing make this one of my personal favorites. Watch it!


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