Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let ... See full summary »
Edwin L. Marin
Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and ... See full summary »
George B. Seitz
Four outlaws come to New Jerusalem, a town full of courteous and religious people, to rob the bank. After shooting the president of the bank, only three make it out of town followed by the ... See full summary »
A family is befuddled when a World War II serviceman shows up to meet and marry his pen pal sweetheart. Everyone's in the dark about the romance by mail. Then they discover Ruth's younger sister was the culprit.
William D. Russell
Young idealist Richard Miller is selected as valedictorian for his New England high school commencement class of 1906 and intends to inject modern anti-capitalistic ideas into his speech. His father, Nat Miller, accidentally learns of it and interrupts Richard's speech before he can make a fool of himself. The small town later celebrates the Fourth of July with customary fireworks, picnics and the like, with Richard spending time with his girl, Muriel McComber, who promises she will allow him to kiss her one day. When Richard sends poems of love to Muriel, quoting the likes of Omar Khayyám and Swinburne, her father prevents her from ever seeing him again and forces her to write a letter denouncing him. Heartbroken, Richard drowns his sorrow in a local bar, drinking and smoking with a vamp called Belle, and comes home drunk. Alcoholic uncle Sid, who is used to the effects of liquor, nurses Richard back to sobriety, but Richard still must face the uncertain punishment of his father as ...Written by
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The gazebo in this film, a symbol of the typical American town, was built specially for the movie. That gazebo was gifted to the city by MGM and is still in use in Grafton Commons. See more »
The "Stanley Steamer" automobile is depicted as chugging and back-firing, which are not possible with steam engines. These are characteristics of internal combustion engines. See more »
Richard 'Dick' Miller:
How are you going to punish me, Pa?
Oh, well, I... thought of telling you you couldn't go to Yale.
Richard 'Dick' Miller:
But, gee, that's great! Well, then I can get a job and marry Muriel. That's no punishment, Pa!
Well, then you'll go to Yale and stay there until you graduate.
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I read somewhere that playwright Eugene O'Neill never saw this film version of his play, "ah, Wilderness." That's a crying shame, for I think he would have enjoyed this dandy film. Any film that features Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney has to be worth a watch. All of the male and female actors in this movie would have made O'Neill proud. The action takes place in a small town in Connecticut, a few years after the turn of the century. WW 1, Prohibition, the Great Depression and WW 2 are all safely in the future. The USA is still a young, innocent and hopeful nation in the early days of the 20th century. It a time of trolleys, pianos in the parlor, first kisses in the and and 4th of July picnics. It is a time long lost and forgotten. The movie makes the viewers wish that they could go back into the past to a simpler time and place.
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