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Ah Wilderness! (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | April 1936 (Japan)
Story of small-town life in turn-of-the-century America, and a young boy's problems facing adolescence.

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Clarence Brown

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Sid Miller
Lionel Barrymore ... Nat Miller
Aline MacMahon ... Aunt Lily
Eric Linden ... Richard Miller
Cecilia Parker ... Muriel McComber
Spring Byington ... Essie Miller
Mickey Rooney ... Tommy Miller
Charley Grapewin ... Dave McComber (as Charles Grapewin)
Frank Albertson ... Arthur Miller
Edward J. Nugent ... Wint Selby (as Edward Nugent)
Bonita Granville ... Mildred Miller
Helen Flint ... Belle
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Miss Hawley
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Storyline

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 Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1936 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayer como hoy See more »

Filming Locations:

Clinton, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Miller: How are you going to punish me, Pa?
Nat: 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!
Nat: Well, then you'll go to Yale and stay there until you graduate.
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The Glow Worm
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Turn of the century coming of age film
28 February 2016 | by moran-78845See all my reviews

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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