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These Wilder Years (1956)

 -  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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Steve Bradford
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Ann Dempster
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James Rayburn
Betty Lou Keim ...
Suzie
Don Dubbins ...
Mark
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Leland G. Spottsford
Basil Ruysdael ...
Judge
Grandon Rhodes ...
Roy Oliphant
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Old Cab Driver
Lewis Martin ...
Dr. Miller
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Aunt Martha
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Hardware Clerk
Herb Vigran ...
Traffic Cop
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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 <col@imdb.com>

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TOGETHER and TERRIFIC! ...in a story of unforgettable warmth and impact!

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17 August 1956 (USA)  »

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Somewhere I'll Find Him  »

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These calmer performances
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is surprising that it took so long for someone to put Barbara Stanwyck and James Cagney together in a film. This is a much different project, though, than what they may have done together twenty years earlier. Nonetheless, it is fun to watch them pair up for These Wilder Years at MGM.

The performances of the leads are surprisingly tender and subdued. This is quite significant considering that Miss Stanwyck is often given to toughness and that Mr. Cagney has a propensity for ham. But the script (about adoption) calls for a different approach, and fortunately, the director worked with the stars to play the characters instead of themselves; instead of giving what audiences have come to expect from them.


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