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These Wilder Years (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 17 August 1956 (USA)
A middle-aged man tries to reconnect with his illegitimate son, who was given to an orphanage many years ago.



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Complete credited cast:
James Rayburn
Betty Lou Keim ...
Leland G. Spottsford
Roy Oliphant
Old Cab Driver
Lewis Martin ...
Dr. Miller
Aunt Martha
Hardware Clerk
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 <col@imdb.com>

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




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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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Did You Know?


The American Airlines plane Steve flies in at the beginning of the film is a Convair CV-240 - American's replacement of the Douglas DC-3. See more »


At the beginning of the film, when Steve goes through the door from his office into the boardroom, the view looking back into his office from the boardroom is nothing like the office he just left. There are pictures where a large window should be. And, view out of the boardroom window is completely different than the view out of Steve's office window - which is right next door. See more »


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

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These calmer performances
1 March 2014 | by 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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