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Kings Row (1942)

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The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), Henry Bellamann (from the novel by)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Randy Monaghan
Robert Cummings ... Parris Mitchell
Ronald Reagan ... Drake McHugh
Betty Field ... Cassandra Tower
Charles Coburn ... Dr. Henry Gordon
Claude Rains ... Dr. Alexander Tower
Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Harriet Gordon
Nancy Coleman ... Louise Gordon
Kaaren Verne ... Elise Sandor
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Madame von Eln
Harry Davenport ... Colonel Skeffington
Ernest Cossart ... Pa Monaghan
Ilka Grüning ... Anna (as Ilka Gruning)
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Tod Monaghan
Minor Watson ... Sam Winters
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Storyline

Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under the father of his sweetheart Cassie, while Drake plans on becoming a local businessman when he receives his full inheritance - juggling girlfriends in the meantime. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams. Written by scgary66

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The town they talk of in whispers. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abismo de pasión See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,093,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filming went several months over schedule and a million dollars over budget. See more »

Goofs

When Randy sends Parris a letter in Europe, the return address reads "Kings Row, USA" with no street address or state mentioned. See more »

Quotes

Drake McHugh: What's the harm in a little kiss?
Randy Monaghan: A little kiss? Suppose we find out?
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Soundtracks

Sonata no 8 in C minor, opus 13 , Pathetique, first movement
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by Kaaren Verne and then by Robert Cummings
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Kings Row- A Welcomed Addition to Any Neighborhood ****
25 August 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

The absolute best picture that Ronald Reagan ever made. Why wasn't he given better film roles after his impressive performance as Drake McHugh? Ditto for Bob Cummings. So sad to realize seeing both of them in the scenes of this picture, young and charming. Unfortunately, both fell victim to Alzheimer's Disease.

The picture is first rate. 1942 seemed to be a big year that Hollywood spoke about mental illness. Claude Rains also starred in "Now, Voyager" that dealt with Bette Davis's breakdown following a regimented life with a tormenting mother.

"Kings Row" deals with schizophrenia. Betty Field did an outstanding job as the doomed Cassie.

The film also deals with a sadistic surgeon played by Charles Coburn, in a terrific brief dramatic performance. As his wife, Judith Anderson was at her usual eerie self.

There are so many themes in this film. We see the class differences among Drake, Dr. Mitchell (Cummings) and in a terrific performance, Ann Sheridan as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks that shows her devotion to Drake when he has a series of unbelievable misfortunes befall him.

Drake's line "Where's the rest of me," when he awakes to find that his legs have been amputated is unforgettable.

"Kings Row" was nominated for best picture in 1942. It would take a classic such as "Mrs. Miniver" to have beaten it out.


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