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The Best Years of Our Lives ()


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Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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Milly Stephenson
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Al Stephenson (as Frederic March)
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Fred Derry
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Peggy Stephenson
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Marie Derry
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Wilma Cameron
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Butch Engle
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Homer Parrish
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Hortense Derry
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Pat Derry
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Mr. Milton
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Mrs. Parrish
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Mr. Parrish
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Cliff
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Mrs. Cameron
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Mr. Cameron
Marlene Aames ...
Luella Parrish
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Prew
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Mr. Mollett
Howland Chamberlain ...
Thorpe (as Howland Chamberlin)
Dean White ...
Novak
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Bullard
Michael Hall ...
Rob Stephenson
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Woody Merrill
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ...
Jackie (uncredited)
Carol Andrews ...
Saleswoman (uncredited)
Mary Arden ...
Miss Barbour (uncredited)
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Minister at Wedding (uncredited)
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Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)
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Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Man at Bank Dinner (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
Bert Conway ...
ATC Sergeant (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Mady Correll ...
Announcer (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ...
Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Man at Airport (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer (uncredited)
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Doorman (uncredited)
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Steese - Bank (uncredited)
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Corporal at ATC Counter (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
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Lou Latham - Bank (uncredited)
Doris June Fesetta ...
Camera Girl (uncredited)
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Salvage Foreman (uncredited)
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Nightclub / Hillbilly Singer (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ...
Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited)
Harry Gillette ...
Card Player at Lucia's (uncredited)
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Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
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Diner Attendant at Lucia's (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ...
Gus - Salvage Worker (uncredited)
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Ryan - Bank Guard (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ...
Dexter - Brat in Drugstore (uncredited)
Jackie Jackson ...
A Boy (uncredited)
Georgia Kane ...
Singer (uncredited)
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Technical Sergeant (uncredited)
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Man at Bank Dinner (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Steve the Bartender (uncredited)
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Musician - Drum Solo (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Alyn Lockwood ...
Counter Girl (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ...
Man at Airport (uncredited)
Susan Mann ...
Announcer (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Michael Mauree ...
Glamour Girl (uncredited)
Doreen McCann ...
A Girl (uncredited)
Peggy McIntyre ...
Girl at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)
Chef Milani ...
Giuseppe - Lucia's Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)
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Wealthy Man at Nightclub (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ...
Card Player (uncredited)
William Newell ...
Waiter at Bank Dinner (uncredited)
Georgie Nokes ...
One of Homer's 'Kids' (uncredited)
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Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Palma ...
Card Player (uncredited)
Leo Penn ...
ATC Corporal (uncredited)
Caleb Peterson ...
Black Soldier at Airfield (uncredited)
Norman Phillips Jr. ...
Clarence 'Sticky' Merkle (uncredited)
Jack Rice ...
Apartment Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Girl at Table with Cliff (uncredited)
Mickey Roth ...
Boy at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)
Ruth Sanderson ...
Mrs. Garrett (uncredited)
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George H. Gibbons (uncredited)
Noreen Sayles ...
Girl (uncredited)
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Card Player (uncredited)
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Man at Airport / Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Angus - Butch's Waiter (uncredited)
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Counter Girl (uncredited)
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Perfume Saleswoman (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ...
Waiter at Lucia's Restaurant (uncredited)
Catherine Wyler ...
Department Store Customer (uncredited)
Judy Wyler ...
Department Store Customer (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Wyler

Written by

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Robert E. Sherwood ... (screen play)
 
MacKinlay Kantor ... (from a novel by) (as Mackinlay Kantor)

Produced by

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Samuel Goldwyn ... producer
Lester Koenig ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Hugo Friedhofer

Cinematography by

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Gregg Toland ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Daniel Mandell

Art Direction by

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Perry Ferguson
George Jenkins

Set Decoration by

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Julia Heron ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Irene Sharaff ... (as Sharaff)

Makeup Department

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Marie Clark ... hair stylist
Robert Stephanoff ... makeup

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jonathan C. Boyle ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Dorothea Holt ... illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard DeWeese ... sound recorder
Larry Gannon ... sound (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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John P. Fulton ... special effects director (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. ... special effects (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eddie Garvin ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Hoge ... key grip (uncredited)
E. Truman Joiner ... key grip (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)
Paul Mantz ... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Bill McLellan ... gaffer (uncredited)
Bert Shipman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Straumer ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Emil Newman ... musical director
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jerome Moross ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Samuel Goldwyn ... presenter
Dale Tate ... title designer (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancée's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines THE SCREEN'S GREATEST LOVE STORY IS THE BEST FILM THIS YEAR FROM HOLLYWOOD! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Home Again (United States)
  • Glory for Me (United States)
  • Samuel Goldwyn's The Best Years of Our Lives (United States)
  • Les plus belles années de notre vie (France)
  • Die besten Jahre unseres Lebens (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 170 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,100,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $44,309,982

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director William Wyler was furious when he learned that Samuel Goldwyn had sent Harold Russell for acting lessons; he preferred Russell's untrained, natural acting. See more »
Goofs The scene at Butch's, when Al introduces his wife and daughter to Fred and Homer, he refers to Dana Andrews as Homer and Harold Russell as Fred. This was intended as a consequence of Al being drunk. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in History Brought to Life (1950). See more »
Soundtracks Among My Souvenirs See more »
Crazy Credits Only twelve cast members are listed in the opening credits. Cathy O'Donnell receives an "and introducing" credit before her name. Victor Cutler, who plays Woody, is listed last in the opening credits but does not appear in the cast list of 23 names in the end credits. See more »
Quotes [after Peggy tells her parents that they never had any trouble in their relationship]
Milly Stephenson: "We never had any trouble." How many times have I told you I hated you and believed it in my heart? How many times have you said you were sick and tired of me; that we were all washed up? How many times have we had to fall in love all over again?
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