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Tad Mosel (based upon the play by)
James Agee (and the novel: "A Death in the Family" by)
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Release Date:
3 June 1965 (Mexico) See more »
Love is not a thing that grows only in the dark!
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Simmons ... Mary Follet

Robert Preston ... Jay Follett

Pat Hingle ... Ralph Follet
Aline MacMahon ... Aunt Hannah
Thomas Chalmers ... Joel

John Cullum ... Andrew
Helen Carew ... Mary's Mother
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Sally
John Henry Faulk ... Walter Starr
Mary Perry ... Great-Aunt Sadie
Georgia Simmons ... Jessie
Lylah Tiffany ... Great-Great-Grandmaw
Edwin Wolfe ... John Henry - Jay's Father
Michael Kearney ... Rufus Follet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ferdie Hoffman ... Father Jackson (uncredited)

David Huddleston ... Small Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Segal 
Writing credits
Tad Mosel (based upon the play by)

James Agee (and the novel: "A Death in the Family" by)

Philip H. Reisman Jr. (screenplay) (as Philip Reisman Jr.)

Produced by
David Susskind .... producer
Jack Grossberg .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernard Green (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lora Hays 
Casting by
Alan Shayne 
Michael Shurtleff 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Costume Design by
Sal Anthony (wardrobe designer)
Makeup Department
Dick Smith .... makeup
Production Management
Joel Glickman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hertzberg .... assistant director
Larry Sturhahn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert Brenner .... assistant art director
Herbert F. Mulligan .... set dresser (as Herb Mulligan)
Sam Robert .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound effects editor
Jim Shields .... sound (as James Shields)
Dick Vorisek .... rerecordist (as Richard Vorosek)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barr .... chief grip
Mel Brown .... gaffer
Saul Midwall .... camera operator
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Carl Lerner .... supervising film editor
Lucy Sagsay .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bernard Green .... conductor
R.A. Israel .... music producer
Other crew
Arthur Cantor .... produced on the stage by
Fred Coe .... produced on the stage by
Madeleine Coubro .... production secretary
Martin Danzig .... production assistant
Ronald Gilbert .... controller
Marguerite James .... script supervisor
Audrey Maas .... assistant to producer
Florence Nerlinger .... production secretary
Alan Shayne .... dialogue coach
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Pat Hingle reprised his role of Ralph Follett in a 1971 TV production.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Story of the Swimmer (2014) (V)See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
5 boxes of hankies required, 27 January 2006
Author: overseer-3 from Florida

Why didn't someone tell me to bring 5 boxes of hankies for this one? I just watched (or rather re-watched after some 30 years) All The Way Home, (1963), based on the James Agee play "A Death In the Family". This story has seen other versions, but this one is by far the most outstanding.

Robert Preston was in his element as a loving husband and father of a young son, played endearingly by Michael Kearney. Jean Simmons gives yet another incredible performance as the wife, and Aline MacMahon shines as Aunt Hannah. She was an old woman in 1963, but still, how that woman could act. She was great in the 1930's, she was great in the 1960's. She's just great! It was also neat to see John Cullum the musical star in an early role in a non-musical. He was memorable as the brother who comes to tell the bad news, and not being able to face the wife, bursts into tears and hugs Aunt Hannah instead, and this is how the wife learns that her husband has died. An effective moment, not maudlin at all, but very natural. Do we always learn about the death of a relative in an ideal way? Not at all. I learned about the death of my mother after coming home from the grocery store, my arms filled with packages. It was like someone had kicked me in the stomach and the groceries suddenly felt like dead weight.

This film's actions take place in America during the World War One era, a time period shamelessly neglected by today's filmmakers. I guess they don't like its outright sentimentality, they'd rather foist gore and sex on us instead.

The film's credits are fantastic for the silent film fan, because the credits roll and are interspersed with shots of the young son and the father in the theater laughing at a Charlie Chaplin movie (sorry, Charlie fans, I didn't recognize which one it was but it had Charlie trying to get through a door in which a fat man's rear end was stuck). The "audience" is laughing like mad. It was eerily reminiscent of the last scene in the silent classic The Crowd (1928), only this film begins with such a scene. You hear a tinny piano in the background and it puts you immediately in the correct frame of mind to watch such a picture.

You are lulled into thinking you will be watching a simple tale of an early 20th century American family, but slowly you find yourself getting deeper and deeper into pathos and drama, a story filled with universal truths which are often hard for us to bear. A really wonderful film. It needs to be out on video or DVD.

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