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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Martin Greer
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Nancy Greer
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Jack Greer
Peggy Dow ...
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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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Brooks is in studio records playing the role of "Albert", but he was not seen in the movie. 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 »

Quotes

Thomas Greer: [about being a soldier] Now remember, if you can move it, pick it up. If you can't move it, paint it. And if it moves by itself, salute it.
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Shadow of "Best Years" hangs over this Goldwyn film...
8 August 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

While THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES dealt with the readjustment of three servicemen returning from the horrors of WWII, I WANT YOU is a more sentimental look at the home front following the return of those men to peacetime U.S.A. Peacetime, yes, until the draft meant the calling up of enlisted men again because of The Korean War, a war largely forgotten by today's generation.

The script in no way compares to that of BEST YEARS, but there are decent performances that hold the story on track. DANA ANDREWS and DOROTHY McGUIRE are the most impressive, with some good acting by FARLEY GRANGER and MILDRED DUNNOCK helping to keep the story afloat. But somehow, one never gets the feeling of urgency or involvement that is felt during the Oscar-winning Goldwyn film that preceded it.

A distinct weakness of the film is PEGGY DOW as Granger's sweetheart, a limited actress who lacks the warmth to make her part meaningful enough.

Summing up: Pales by comparison to Goldwyn's other masterpiece, but is competent enough on its own terms to merit watching. And DANA ANDREWS delivers his usual solid performance.


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