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The Impatient Years (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 September 1944 (USA)
To rekindle their love, a divorce judge orders a couple whose marriage is on the rocks to re-enact their four-day breakneck courtship.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writer:

Virginia Van Upp (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Janie Anderson
Lee Bowman ... Andy Anderson
Charles Coburn ... William Smith
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge
Charley Grapewin ... Benjamin L. Pidgeon - Bellboy
Phil Brown ... Henry Fairchild
Harry Davenport ... Minister
Jane Darwell ... Minister's Wife
Grant Mitchell ... Hotel Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Haymes Bob Haymes ... Singer
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Storyline

Standing before a divorce court judge are Sergeant Andy Anderson and Janie Anderson asking him to dissolve their marriage. Janie's father, William Smith, objects and the judge allows him to give his version of their story. They had met in San Francisco fifteen months earlier and, after knowing each other only three days, had gotten married. Andy was sent overseas the day after the wedding and when he returns and despite the fact that Janie had borne him a son, they find they are almost strangers. Mr. Smith suggests, and the judge orders, that if they retrace their actions over the four days they knew each other they would regain their love. They return to the coffee counter where they met and, later, their actions and conversations in the hotel where they register in separate rooms arouses the suspicions of the hotel clerk and the old, ubiquitous wartime "bellboy" who set themselves up as Janie's guardian. Janie and Andy go to the license bureau and even go to the same minister, with ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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How can you stop laughing...and loving this impatient boy and girl who married on one furlough...and wanted a divorce on the next one! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anni impazienti See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was originally set to reunite the trio of stars of The More the Merrier (1943) (Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and Charles Coburn). Only Arthur and Coburn are in it. McCrea backed out before shooting started and was replaced by Lee Bowman. See more »

Quotes

Andy Anderson: Doesn't she ever go anyplace or have any fun?
Henry Fairchild: Oh, sure, she and her Dad go to the pictures now and again.
Andy Anderson: It sounds so exciting I can hardly stand it.
Henry Fairchild: Oh, marriage is not supposed to be exciting.
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Soundtracks

Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?
Written by Harry Akst, Benny Davis and Al Jolson
Sung by Bob Haymes
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Quiet, charming, and full of warm wit
12 April 2011 | by TheDuchessofMSee all my reviews

Based on Jean Arthur's definitive biography, The Actress Nobody Knew, critics, and apparently Oller, did not think much of this film or of Arthur's co-star, Lee Bowman. At the beginning of my foray into classic cinema I would have taken this opinion, and the opinion of other legitimate critics at face value. However, having since discovered many, many underrated gems (and underrated actors) that critics in the past and the present overlook, I decided to watch The Impatient Years and form my own opinion.

Jean Arthur is one of my favorite actresses and in "The Impatient Years" (which could also be the title of her fractious tenure at Columbia), she gives one of the best performances of her film career. In contrast to her independent, softly cynical characters of the 1930s, she played slightly befuddled "spinster" roles in the 1940s, but the role of Janie Smith Anderson managed to meld both attributes into an appealing and touching performance. Lee Bowman was equally wonderful in his role as Sgt Andrew Anderson, bringing an assured, low-key type of charm to the screen. I must also praise the supporting cast made up of the fantastic Charles Coburn, and lovely character actors Harry Davenport, Charley Grapewin, Phil Brown, and Grant Mitchell.

Clocking in at a well-rounded 90 minutes, "The Impatient Years" is one of those unsung gems full of humor, pathos, and romance, which also takes a good, hard look at the issue of a runaway marriage and the strain of war. I can only imagine how audiences reacted to this film during war-time, and hope that it brought as much joy and entertainment to them as it did for me.


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