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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screen play), Richard Llewellyn (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Mr. Gruffydd
Maureen O'Hara ... Angharad
Anna Lee ... Bronwyn
Donald Crisp ... Mr. Morgan
Roddy McDowall ... Huw
John Loder ... Ianto
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Morgan
Barry Fitzgerald ... Cyfartha
Patric Knowles ... Ivor
Welsh Singers Welsh Singers ... Singers
Morton Lowry ... Mr. Jonas
Arthur Shields ... Mr. Parry
Ann E. Todd ... Ceinwen (as Ann Todd)
Frederick Worlock ... Dr. Richards
Richard Fraser ... Davy
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Storyline

Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw, we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes for his youngest son, but Huw has his own ideas on how to honor his father. Daughter Angharad is the most beautiful girl in the valley and is very much in love with Mr. Gruffydd, who isn't sure he can provide her the life she deserves. Times are hard and good men find themselves out of work and exploited by unseen mine owners. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Rich is their humor! Deep are their passions! Reckless are their lives! Mighty is their story! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

9 April 1942 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000, 31 January 1943
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1966 a musical version of the movie entitled "A Time for Singing," was produced by Alexander H. Cohen with music by Mel Brooks collaborator John Morris, lyrics by Gerald Freedman and John Morris, and a book by Freedman and Morris. Although Cohen was enthusiastic about the project, calling it the best musical he had ever produced, it closed after 41 performances. Bing Crosby did record two of the songs for Reprise records. See more »

Goofs

In the chapel right before the woman is shunned, Mr. Gruffydd closes the Bible. The pages are clearly blank. See more »

Quotes

Huw Morgan: There is no fence nor hedge around time that is gone. You can go back and have what you like of it, if you can remember. So I can close my eyes on my valley as it is today, and it is gone, and I see it as it was when I was a boy. Green it was, and possessed of the plenty of the Earth. In all Wales, there was none so beautiful. Everything I ever learned as a small boy came from my father and I never found anything he ever told me to be wrong or worthless. The simple lessons he taught me are as ...
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Soundtracks

Myfanwy-Arabella
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Music by Joseph Parry
Welsh lyrics by Mynyddag
Townfolks serenating mother at door
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Unforgettable Film
4 April 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

This moving film has become part of the all-time American classics, and rightly so. It is a beautifully conceived and executed adaptation of a beloved novel.

One of John Ford's finest hours, it is magnificently staged and shot, with a lovely score (by Alfred Newman) and rich performances, headed by Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara and Roddy McDowall.

That it was made on a fairly limited budget and filmed entirely on the 20th Century back lot is little short of amazing. Its truly great, sprawling set seems to be the real thing: a actual coal mining town.

Ford's attention to careful group blocking and staging of tableau adds to the artistry of the work. Its political subtext corresponds with America's stance regarding European policy at the time. Other issues such as women's rights and religious bigotry help to likewise bolster the tale.

I agree that "How Green Was My Valley" is a fine achievement, now gloriously restored to dvd for many future viewers to enjoy.


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