Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his ... See full summary »
Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his attic as an apartment for her and her husband Jason, a former GI struggling to finish college. Written by
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 2, 1949 with Jeanne Crain reprising her film role. See more »
You were in the Navy, weren't you, Taylor?
[Professor Collins is a college professor who Taylor thinks is too tough on the GIs returning to school after serving in World War Two]
What kind of duty?
I was on the Vincennes
[a U.S. Navy Cruiser sunk at the Battle of Savo Island]
till she went down and then a little later...
That's a little tough. I was on the Wasp.
[an American aircraft carrier sunk by Japanese submarines]
I-I heard that wasn't exactly a picnic, ...
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GIs go to college, and the professor gets a family
Wonderful movie set in the post-World War II period. Prof. Henry Barnes (Edmund Gwenn) is a widowed professor living in a large faculty house, and wishing death would end his lonely existence. Peggy is the bride of a WWII veteran, one of many attending college under the GI Bill. Post-war housing is at a premium,, especially for struggling Vets, but someone remembers that Prof. Barnes had an extra room, and sends Peggy to see if she can rent it. The Prof. Barnes' protests are overwhelmed by Peggy's determination to make a real home for her husband, and soon the professor has a family of sorts. Great period piece, with many warm characters. Strong performances by Gwenn and Crain. Also serves as an excellent illustration of "The Greatest Generation" right after they came home and began settling back into society.
Another wonderful movie that should have been made into a video and DVD long ago.
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