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Our Town (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 May 1940 (USA)
Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Gibbs
... Emily Webb
... Mrs. Gibbs
... Mrs. Webb
... Dr. Gibbs
... Mr. Webb
... Howie Newsome
... Mr. Morgan
... Mrs. Soames
Philip Wood ... Simon Stimson
Ruth Tobey ... Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
Douglas Gardner ... Wally Webb
Arthur B. Allen ... Professor Willard (as Arthur Allen)
... Dr. Ferguson
... Constable Warren
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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I never felt so alone in my life. Why can't I stay for a while just as I am? I don't want to get married. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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24 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Nuestro pueblo  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Scoring. See more »

Goofs

Just wondering if the one that made the comment about "going down to Maine" ever heard the phrase commonly referred to by New Englanders... down east? When someone refers to going "down east" it usually means they are going to Maine. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs: It seems to me, once in your life, before you die, you ought to see a country where they don't speak any English and they don't even want to.
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Referenced in The Vampire Diaries: Our Town (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on an organ for the wedding
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You have to have life to love life.
18 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Thornton Wilder's play put to the screen, well almost. A laid back look at the lives, trials and tribulations of the citizens of a small New England town. Of course, the point is that each life tells a story. The acting seems a little wooden and most of the dialogue monotone. Still yet this is an oldie that will pull at your heart strings. You also examine how important it is to live your life everyday.

The cast includes William Holden, Martha Scott, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi and narrated by Frank Craven. Grab a cup of coffee and prop your feet up...and enjoy a classic.


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