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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 9 April 1942 (Australia)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mr. Gruffydd
... Angharad
... Bronwyn
... Mr. Morgan
... Huw
... Ianto
... Mrs. Morgan
... Cyfartha
... Ivor
Welsh Singers ... Singers
... Mr. Jonas
... Mr. Parry
... Ceinwen (as Ann Todd)
... Dr. Richards
... Davy
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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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Rich is their humor! Deep are their passions! Reckless are their lives! Mighty is their story! See more »

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Drama | Family

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9 April 1942 (Australia)  »

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Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley  »

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000, 31 January 1943
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The film was shot in black and white because the color of flowers in Southern California did not match those found in Wales. See more »

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When Huw comes home after being beaten by his teacher, there is no blood or marks on his back. See more »

Quotes

Ianto Morgan: We are not questioning your authority, sir, but if manners prevent our speaking the truth, we will be without manners.
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Referenced in Keepers of the Frame (1999) See more »

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Myfanwy-Arabella
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Music by Joseph Parry
Welsh lyrics by Mynyddag
Townfolks serenating mother at door
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A John Ford Masterpiece
25 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

John Ford's film of social and familial change details the chilling effects hard economic times have on a large, but tight-knit Welsh coal mining family around the turn of the last century. Told in narrative flashback by the youngest of seven children (5 young men and a young lady) it begins when the coalmines are new, the valley still green, and the village cohesive and close-knit. As economic times worsen, the family and community fray and slowly disintegrate. The backdrop village becomes darker and smokier as the family fights valiantly to remain together. But unlike the treatment the story would probably get today, the family does not lose its dignity.

There is not much, if anything, to criticize in this movie, it's one of the best ever.


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