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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.

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Microphonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, John Ford had Rhys Williams record the narration as the adult Huw Morgan. When he became concerned that audiences would recognize the voice as belonging to Williams's on-screen character, the boxer Dai Bando, he had actor-director Irving Pichel re-record the lines, which had to be read in the same rhythms as Williams's to match sequences already cut to the narration. At one point, British prints of the film featured Williams's voiceovers. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Beth Morgan: [to Huw] Fight again, and when you come home, not a look shall you have from me... not a word!
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Alternate Versions

Original stereophonic soundtrack recovered and restored for later video and cable TV release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in We Blew It (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Bryn Calfaria
(uncredited)
Music by William Owen
Welsh lyrics by William Williams
Sung by men walking to mine
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15 March 2017 | by billcr12See all my reviews

I finally watched this film after hearing about it for many years. John Ford was well respected for "The Searchers", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", and "The Grapes of Wrath" and several others. The black and white imagery is breathtaking, filled with shadows, reminding me of "Citizen Kane" by Orson Welles. Roddy Mcdowall is the narrator as an adult and he tells the story of his close knit Welsh family of his mother, father, and three brothers and sister. The men all work in the local coal mine and his sister, played by Maureen O'Hara, helps around the house. As happened here in America, the workers banded together to form a union in order to gain fair wages and work conditions. Along the way, there are love affairs and heart break involving the boys' sister and a local well meaning minister of the local church. Ford keeps it all moving as a compelling tale of family love and loyalty. A wise choice for best picture at the Academy Awards for 1941.


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