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George and Catherine Apley of Boston lead a proper life in the proper social circle, as did the Apleys before them. When grown daughter Eleanor falls in love with Howard (from New York!), and son John with Myrtle (from Worcester!), the ordered life of the Apley home on Beacon Street is threatened, as is the hoped-for union of John and Apley-cousin Agnes. Written by
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Prize Novel! The screen joyously welcomes J. P. Marquand's Pulitzer Prize Novel! Prize Play! You'll think the world of the wonderful romance that made the play a Broadway triumph! Prize Picture! Ronald Colman and Peggy Cummins make this your "Best Bet for Entertainment in 1947" See more »
The Late George Apley provides Ronald Colman in one of the best roles
of his career as the proper Bostonian George Apley in those pre-World
War I years. It's funny, but even then Boston had slipped away from the
grasp of his kind. Those immigrants, starting with the ones from
Ireland had been running the government there for about a generation
when this play on which the film is based is set. But don't tell that
to George, his kind if they don't outrightly rule, they do set the
standards of proper conduct for America. When the Apleys gather for
Thanksgiving, they're most mindful of the fact that some of their
ancestors originated it.
But even Colman and his insular Boston world can't escape generational
problems. Both his son Richard Ney and his daughter Peggy Cummins are
having problems with their respective choices as life partners,
especially Cummins who wants to marry a man who graduated from of all
Colman, maybe the most civilized leading man ever in screen history
captures the essence of the decent, but somewhat fatuous George Apley.
A man who thinks all the answers to life's problems can be found in a
volume of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Even Emerson didn't think that.
The Late George Apley is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by
John P. Marquand who also collaborated with George S. Kaufman on the
play. Their creation ran for 384 performances in the 1944-45 season and
starred Leo G. Carroll and Janet Beecher on stage. Edna Best takes
Beecher's role on screen as the patient wife of Colman.
Some really fine players populate the cast. Richard Haydn plays his
usual fuss budget busybody of a cousin, always eager to help Colman
maintain the high Apley standards. Mildred Natwick is Colman's even
snootier sister and Percy Waram who was the only player to repeat his
role from the stage plays her patient husband who talks to Colman like
a Dutch uncle, not a brother-in-law.
The Late George Apley is a good American answer to those British comedy
of manners even though a lot of this cast is of British origin. Would
we had someone of the wit of George S. Kaufman today to write them and
an actor with elegant prose of Ronald Colman to speak the lines.
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