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All the Way Home -- In the early 1900's Tennessee, a loving family undergoes the shock of the father's sudden, accidental death. The widow and her young son must endure the heartache of life following the tragedy, but slowly rise up from the ashes to face the hope of renewed life.


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Tad Mosel (based upon the play by)
James Agee (novel)
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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 (novel "A Death in the Family")

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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The play "All the Way Home" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1961.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Story of the Swimmer (2014) (V)See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Few have seen it .. and most of us should., 28 August 2008
Author: timroperco from United States

Like some of the other commentators, I saw this movie when I was young -- perhaps 11 or 12. I was babysitting the boys next door in 1964, and I think it was on the old NBC Saturday Night at the Movies back in the 1960s. A few years later, I read James Agee's "A Death in the Family" and recognized it as the original source. But years, then decades, went by before I saw the film again.

I remember being entranced by the opening scenes, where I see a father taking his young son into a saloon ... doing the Charlie Chaplin dance ... then going home together. Years later (for me) I had buddies who rented rooms on Forest Street in Knoxville while they attended UT. They knew nothing of the book, nor how families there once lay down on cotton comforters on the grasse of the backside lawns to gaze at the stars. Heck, back in the late 1970s, I could even find in Knoxville the railroad yard and roundhouse mentioned in the book. Probably not now.

It's a wistful movie. Some photography and audio was a little too artful ... a departure from the main scenes. But, like everyone else, I cherished the scenes where Rufus spends time with his Aunt -- especially when he dons that outrageous cap.

You can learn things from movies. For me, an enduring lesson was gained when Robert Preston uses his hands to warm the sheets before his wife gets into bed. I did this for years on cold winter nights when I was a married man for 25 years ... and discovered, after divorce, how such a small act is still appreciated by others.

I also feel fortunate to have met Robert Preston in -- of all places -- the Richmond VA airport somewhere around 1980. Not your normal venue. But we were both trapped by planes diverted by a monster storm. We shared several drinks, he told hilarious stories -- but I stopped him (clearly) when I mentioned that All the Way Home was my favorite movie in which he was featured. "What? Not Music Man?" He feigned to be indignant ... but, perhaps because so few people even knew about this movie, or ever mentioned it to him, he realized I was sincere. He spoke of how much he enjoyed the story, made a few untoward comments about the director and Jean Simmons ... but he clearly liked the role he'd played. He was a very warm and charming and gracious man.

All the Way Home is a terrific movie ... so rare these days to see a film focused on family, love, and the ways youngsters see the world.

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