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The Impatient Years ()


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To rekindle their love, a divorce judge orders a couple whose marriage is on the rocks to re-enact their four-day breakneck courtship.

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Janie Anderson
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Andy Anderson
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William Smith
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Judge
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Benjamin L. Pidgeon - Bellboy
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Henry Fairchild
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Minister
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Minister's Wife
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Hotel Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Haymes ...
Singer
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Marriage Clerk (uncredited)
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MP at Hotel (uncredited)
Vickie Beaver ...
Baby Bill (uncredited)
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Bailiff (uncredited)
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MP at Nightclub (uncredited)
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Old Man Whittling on Steps (uncredited)
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Top Sergeant (uncredited)
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Attorney (uncredited)
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Passerby on Sidewalk / Train Depot Extra (uncredited)
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Counterman (uncredited)
Regina Wallace ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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MP at Hotel (uncredited)

Directed by

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Irving Cummings

Written by

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Virginia Van Upp ... (original screenplay)

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Irving Cummings ... producer
Virginia Van Upp ... associate producer

Music by

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Marlin Skiles

Cinematography by

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Joseph Walker ... director of photography

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Al Clark

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Lionel Banks
Cary Odell

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Ross Dowd

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Jean Louis ... (gowns)

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Abby Berlin ... assistant director

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Edward Bernds ... sound engineer (uncredited)

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Burnett Guffey ... photographer (uncredited)

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Morris Stoloff ... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
George Duning ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 his wife as the repeat witness, and get married again. While dining out, Janie becomes ill and they jest that Andy must have tried to poison her. The clerk and the bellboy overhear this and telephone Mr. Smith to come save his daughter, and he arrives with the military police only to find Andy smothering her with a pillow, and doesn't buy the explanation he was trying to cure her hiccups. Mr. Smith has him committed to a hospital. Janie explains everything to her father and they rush to the hospital to find that Andy has been discharged, and they have no idea where he has gone. Written by Les Adams

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Taglines It's so tender...so touching...so timely...and it will happen tomorrow in millions of homes and hearts! (original poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Días impacientes (Spain)
  • Anni impazienti (Italy)
  • Nova Lua de Mel (Portugal)
  • Nace un nuevo amor (Mexico)
  • Duas Vezes Lua de Mel (Brazil)
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  • 91 min
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Budget $600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Goofs Janie tells Andy that she is Irish on her father's side. But he would be a rare Irishman with a name like William Smith. See more »
Soundtracks Who Said Dreams Don't Come True? 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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