These Wilder Years (1956)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  17 August 1956 (USA)
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Middleaged man tries to find a son that was given to an orphanage many years ago.



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Complete credited cast:
Steve Bradford
Ann Dempster
James Rayburn
Betty Lou Keim ...
Don Dubbins ...
Leland G. Spottsford
Basil Ruysdael ...
Grandon Rhodes ...
Roy Oliphant
Old Cab Driver
Lewis Martin ...
Dr. Miller
Aunt Martha
Hardware Clerk
Herb Vigran ...
Traffic Cop


Successful middle-aged businessman Steve Bradford returns to the town where he attended college many years previously. His conscience has been bothering him since whilst a student, he fathered an illegitimate son who was given away to the local orphanage. He returns to the orphanage and meets its current head, Ann Dempster, hoping to persuade her to help him find his son. She refuses but Steve finds himself getting more involved at the orphanage and learns many lessons life had failed to teach him. Written by Col Needham <>

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Release Date:

17 August 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Somewhere I'll Find Him  »

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1.85 : 1
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First film role of Michael Landon. See more »


When Cagney rings doorbell on his first visit to Stanwyck's house, the bell rings before he actually presses the button. See more »


References Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) See more »

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A new role for an old hood -- a softer, gentler Cagney
17 July 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Cagney in this movie. I must admit, after viewing a lot of his films I've grown accustomed to his famous tough-guy image. But, after seeing "These Wilder Years" I was a little surprised to see a softer, gentler Cagney. It's a pleasant contrast in light of his previous roles. Cagney is a splendid and versatile actor and I've always relished seeing him play comedic and dramatic parts as well as gangster/hoodlum roles. He's simply irresistable to watch on screen and I'm always interested to see how he's going to react. You never know when he's going to "sprinkle the goodies" in a scene. He is always good to his audience. In "These Wilder Years", Cagney plays a successful businessman in search of a son that was put up for adoption twenty years ago. Even though Cagney's character pretty much has everything he wants, there's just something missing and he has to fulfull this part of his life. I don't want to give away what happens in the movie but the interactions between Barbara Stanwyck and Betty Lou Keim are compelling and at times, very touching.

Although, I wouldn't say this is Oscar material and there are plenty of good movies out there, this is one definitely worth seeing -- Cagney fan or not :)

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