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I Want You (1951)

Passed | | Drama | 22 December 1951 (USA)
In 1950, small-town Americans try to deal with military conscription.

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(screen play), (based on stories: in The New Yorker)
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Martin Greer
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Nancy Greer
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Jack Greer
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Carrie Turner
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Thomas Greer
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Sarah Greer
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Judge Turner
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George Kress Jr.
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Harvey Landrum
Marjorie Crossland ...
Mrs. Turner
Walter Baldwin ...
George Kress Sr.
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Ned Iverson
Peggy Maley ...
Gladys
Jerrilyn Flannery ...
Anne Greer
Erik Nielsen ...
Tony Greer
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In 1950, life as usual in a middle-American town. Cold War paranoia is beginning; the young men's biggest concern is the draft board and deferments from the peacetime army. Then the Korean War begins, and the Greer family starts to worry: kid brother Jack, courting the lovely daughter of the draft board chairman, is next on the list. A character study examining American attitudes of that era. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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No three words ever meant so much to so many people.

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22 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Im Sturm der Zeit  »

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Paul Smith's film debut. See more »

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At the bar, Mr. Kress calls the radio a wonderful invention because news travels on it at "the speed of sound". Radio waves travel at the speed of light, not sound. See more »

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Martin Greer: In about ten years he's going to ask me a question: What were you doing, Daddy, when the world was shaking?
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Almost like a sequel to THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
1 July 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this was not intended as a sequel to the wonderful film THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, it did make a nice follow-up film and is very similar in style and tone--perfect to be seen together as a double feature. A lot of the reason it seems almost like a follow-up is because both films were produced by Samuel Goldwyn and both starred Dana Andrews. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES concerns the adjustment of three men to civilian life following WWII. This film is set just a few years later and has to do with the coming Korean War and its impact on some families in an unnamed American town.

I read one review for this film that said it was "dull" and while I don't agree, I could understand how some might feel that way. The film is sentimental but never comes close to making the impact of THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and it also doesn't give clear answers in some cases, so it might actually make you think. It's about a scary era in history and how it effects "the little people"--not exactly a topic that generates millions at the box office. Still, from a historical point of view it's a super-important curio as it's about the only film I know of that addresses the topic of the draft and Korea, and someone who would like to learn not just about history but the impact of events on peoples' lives will doubt enjoy this little curio. If you want explosions and action, then this certainly isn't a film for you. If you want to see a film with excellent acting that rings true about real folks facing real problems, then this film is highly recommended.


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