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25 November 1956 (USA) See more »
The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Jess Birdwell

Dorothy McGuire ... Eliza Birdwell

Anthony Perkins ... Josh Birdwell

Richard Eyer ... Little Jess Birdwell

Robert Middleton ... Sam Jordan
Phyllis Love ... Mattie Birdwell

Peter Mark Richman ... Gard Jordan (as Mark Richman)

Walter Catlett ... Professor Quigley

Richard Hale ... Purdy
Joel Fluellen ... Enoch
Theodore Newton ... Major Harvey

John Smith ... Caleb Cope

Edna Skinner ... Opal Hudspeth
Marjorie Durant ... Pearl Hudspeth
Frances Farwell ... Ruby Hudspeth
Samantha the Goose ... Samantha the Goose

Marjorie Main ... The Widow Hudspeth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Anderson ... Poor Loser Dunked by Jess (uncredited)

Edward Andrews ... Soldier (uncredited)
Irvin Ashkenazy ... Farmer (uncredited)
John Barton ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Quaker (uncredited)

Bob Burns ... Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)

Mary Carr ... Emma - Quaker Woman (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Barker (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Operator (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
John Compton ... Rebel Lieutenant (uncredited)

Chuck Courtney ... Reb Courier (uncredited)

John Craven ... Band Leader (uncredited)

Billy Curtis ... Midget at County Fair (uncredited)

Charles Delaney ... Drinker (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Farmer (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Rebel Soldier (uncredited)

Billy Engle ... Small Role (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Robert Fuller ... Youthful Soldier at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
Richard Garland ... Rebel Bushwhacker Grabbed by Jess (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Brother Amos - Elder (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)
Jim Goodwin ... Coward (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Quaker (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Lemonade Vendor (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Brother Cope - Elder (uncredited)
Ron Hargrave ... Farmer (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... County Fair Barker (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Shooting Gallery Operator (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Mrs. Purdy (uncredited)
Tom Irish ... Young Rebel (uncredited)
Jack Isbell ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Mary Jackson ... Country Woman (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Frank Jenks ... Shell Game Man (uncredited)

Diane Jergens ... Elizabeth - Quaker Girl (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Forager (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Quaker (uncredited)
King Karlo ... Fire Eater (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ... Buster - Whacked by Eliza (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Billy Goat's Manager (uncredited)
Wright King ... Forager (uncredited)

Helen Kleeb ... Old Lady (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Quaker (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Clem - Looter (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Methodist Minister (uncredited)

Tom London ... Farmer on Front Line with Gard (uncredited)
Jack Macy ... Small Role (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Doug McClure ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tipp McClure ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Farmer (uncredited)

Dennis Moore ... Farmer (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Farmer (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Forager (uncredited)
Murray Parker ... Sword Swallower (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

John Pickard ... Ex-Sergeant on Front Line with Josh (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Ivan Rasputin ... Billy Goat - Wrestling Challenger (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Farmer (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... O'Hara (uncredited)

Ralph Sanford ... Businessman (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Young Husband (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Quaker (uncredited)

James Seay ... Rebel Captain (uncredited)
Lucile Sewall ... Christian Church Member (uncredited)

Russell Simpson ... Brother Griffith - Elder (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ... Rebel (uncredited)

Frank Sully ... Rebel Looter (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Supply Sergeant (uncredited)

Joe Turkel ... Poor Loser (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Farmer (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)
Steve Warren ... Haskell (uncredited)
Hart Wayne ... Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
Writing credits
Jessamyn West (book)

Jessamyn West  contributing writer (uncredited)
Michael Wilson  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Wyler .... associate producer
William Wyler .... producer
Harry F. Hogan .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks (director of photography) (as Ellsworth Fredricks)
Film Editing by
Robert Belcher (film editor) (as Robert A. Belcher)
Edward A. Biery (film editor) (as Edward A. Biery Jr.)
Robert Swink (film editor)
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costume design)
Makeup Department
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist (as Agnes Flanigan)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Glenn Cavender .... makeup (uncredited)
John G. Holden .... makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austen Jewell .... assistant director
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Thomas Carr .... second unit director (uncredited)
William O'Donnell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tom Plews .... properties (as Tommy Plews)
James West .... construction supervisor (as Jimmy West)
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... recording engineer
Del Harris .... sound editor
Gordon R. Glennan .... sound recordist: Westrex Sound Services (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... sound recordist: Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects (as August Lohman)
Charles Duncan .... special effects (uncredited)
Hank Moreland .... special effects (uncredited)
Hank Morland .... special effects (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Rennahan .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... stills (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Norman Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Sid Mintz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Adolph Seidel .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Hal Ashby .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard C. Harris .... music editor
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music conducted by
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Gary .... set continuity
Clarence Marks .... consultant
Richard Maybery .... production assistant
Stuart Millar .... assistant to the producer
Jessamyn West .... technical advisor
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Michaels .... assistant script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
137 min
Color (as De Luxe)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Gary Cooper wanted Ingrid Bergman to play Eliza Birdwell, but she turned the part down.See more »
Anachronisms: The Minneapolis steam engine at the fair is too new for a Civil War movie.See more »
Prof. Waldo Quigley:I want you to know, sir, I honor your prejudices - -um, uh, convictions.See more »
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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Quite Satisfying, With Thoughtful Drama & Many Good Lighter Moments, 22 October 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This fine adaptation of "Friendly Persuasion" is quite satisfying, with thoughtful drama that takes place in an interesting and believable setting, plus many good lighter moments. Though the story ultimately focuses on just a couple of the characters' concerns, along the way it provides an effective overview of their lives as a whole.

Gary Cooper is surprisingly believable in a somewhat atypical role as a Quaker father. Dorothy McGuire is well-cast as the sometimes fretful mother, and Anthony Perkins works very well as the son torn between his family and what he perceives as his duty. Walter Catlett is a bit over-the-top as the organ salesman, but he is entertaining, and his character is used well. In fact, the subplot with the organ is an interesting contrast with the main plot about the war, mirroring a couple of the same themes in a much less consequential context.

The setting in the American Civil War is well-conceived, and the family's dilemmas are portrayed sympathetically and convincingly. It is such a nice contrast with the type of movie that has to make its points through heavy-handed, contrived events, and it offers some worthwhile thoughts without pretending to offer easy, superficial answers.

Besides all that, it's a thoroughly enjoyable movie because of the many lighter, amusing moments. Director William Wyler and the cast work them in nicely with the more serious material, and the film maintains a harmonious balance throughout. It all makes for a very worthy and memorable picture.

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