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Release Date:
25 November 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
WHAT FUN YOU'LL HAVE...AND WHAT A FAMILY! YOU'LL FEEL AS IF YOU ARE A PART OF IT...OR WOULD LIKE TO BE! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Charming! See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Herself
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)
Nick Borgani ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Quaker (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)
Mary Carr ... Emma - Quaker Woman (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissel ... Barker (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Operator (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)
Everett Glass ... Brother Amos - Elder (uncredited)
James 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)
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)

Doug McClure ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jack McClure ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Farmer (uncredited)
Dennis Moore ... Farmer (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Farmer (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Forager (uncredited)
Murray Parker ... Sword Swallower (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... 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)
James Seay ... Rebel Captain (uncredited)
Russell Simpson ... Brother Griffith - Elder (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)
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Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
137 min
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Color:
Color (as De Luxe)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Norway:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #17955) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jean Arthur was considered to play the mother.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jess Birdwell sends the children upstairs after mother Eliza retires to the barn, he says, "up stairs to bed, all of thee!" In Quaker dialect, the pronoun thee is used as the objective case of thou, and is used only when addressing an individual. He should have said, "up stairs to bed, all of you!".See more »
Quotes:
Rebel soldier:Peach pie!
Little Jess Birdwell:It's rattlesnake pie.
Rebel soldier:Best rattlesnake pie *I* ever tasted.
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Soundtrack:
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24 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Charming!, 26 March 2000
Author: rudy-46 from Swansea, IL

A beautiful and sensitive film of a Quaker family whose peaceful existence is disrupted by the Civil War. Beautifully photographed with superb performances by Cooper and McGuire. Anthony Perkins gives an exceptional performance as the son who wrestles with the notion of fighting over his pacifistic views. William Wyler's direction is brilliant. A real gem!

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