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Kings Row (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 18 April 1942 (USA)
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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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Taglines:

THE TOWN THEY TALK OF IN WHISPERS (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | 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

The city depicted in the film is based on the actual Mid-Missouri town of Fulton, book writer Henry Bellamann's home. 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

Col. Skeffington: [Referring to the dying Madame von Eln] When she passes, how much passes with her! - a whole way of life, a way of gentleness and honor and dignity. These things are going, Henry, and they may never come back to this world.
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Featured in Between Two Worlds: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2001) See more »

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In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
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original casting thoughts
3 April 2006 | by ldoyon01See all my reviews

Kings Row was bought by Hal Wallis, then the number two man at WB, Warner Brothers. As there was often trades made between studios for leading actors and actresses, Wallis originally wanted Tyrone Power to play Drake, and Henry Fonda to play Parris, but he couldn't talk Darryl Zanuck into it. Ronald Reagan proved his strength as actor in this movie. Bob Cummings is felt as being weak in his portrayal of Parris. However Parris's character is played with the right touch of not so much weakness as being naive. Henry Fonda would've brought more intensity to the role, but I'm not sure he could've brought out the essence of how sheltered a life Parris had lived as child, and later teenager. That's what Cummings brought to the role.


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