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The Green Years (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 4 July 1946 (USA)
An orphaned young boy is guided by his great-grandfather and strives to go to university to become a doctor. However, the boy's harsh grandfather stands in his way.

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Robert Shannon as a Young Man
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Alison Keith as a Young Woman
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Papa Leckie
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Grandma Leckie
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Robert Shannon as a Child
Selena Royle ...
Mama Leckie
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Kate Leckie
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Jason Reid
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Saddler Boag
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Adam Leckie
Robert North ...
Murdoch Leckie
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Jamie Nigg
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Alison Keith as a Child
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ...
Gavin Blair as Young Man (as Hank Daniels)
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When young Robert Shannon is orphaned he leaves his home in Ireland and travels to Langford, Scotland, home of his maternal grandparents. Growing up in the home of his penny-pinching grandfather is made bearable by his doting but irresponsible great-grandfather, loving grandmother and kind aunt and uncle. After a rocky start in his new school Robbie adjusts and is befriended by Gavin and Allison, whom he grows to love as the years pass. As he matures into a young man Robbie's dreams turn to medicine and becoming a doctor. Supported by everyone in the family except his grandfather, he studies for a scholarship as a way to escape life toiling in the local boiler-works. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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4 July 1946 (USA)  »

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A.J. Cronin's The Green Years  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Harold S. Bucquet began directing the film but became seriously ill and was replaced by Victor Saville. Bucquet died shortly after he left. See more »

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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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The old and the very young make this movie!
17 July 2007 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

A.J. Cronin's "The Green Years" has been splendidly brought to the screen thanks mainly by the performances of that grand old stager Charles Coburn, and that wonderful child star Dean Stockwell (what a pity he ever had to grow up!) Their scenes together are something very special even today. Coburn was nominated for best supporting actor, which was unfair, as he is clearly the star and should have had the nomination of Best Actor. As a young Cathoic lad thrown into a family of Scottish Protestants, Stockwell is quite amazing. The supporting cast of Gladys Cooper, Hume Cronyn ( a little over the top), Jessica Tandy and Richard Haydn are very very good, while Tom Drake is the best he ever was in a movie. The atmosphere of the era and the village is brilliantly captured by Director Victor Saville.


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