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The Corn Is Green (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 July 1945 (USA)
A schoolteacher becomes the mentor of a talented young miner and seeks to get him into a university.

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Irving Rapper

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Casey Robinson (screenplay), Frank Cavett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Miss Lilly Moffat
Nigel Bruce ... The Squire
Rhys Williams ... Mr. Jones
Rosalind Ivan ... Mrs. Watty
Mildred Dunnock ... Miss Ronberry
Arthur Shields ... Glyn Thomas
Gwyneth Hughes Gwyneth Hughes ... Sarah Pugh
William Roy William Roy ... Idwal Morris (as Billy Roy)
Thomas Louden Thomas Louden ... Old Tom
John Dall ... Morgan Evans
Joan Lorring ... Bessie Watty
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Storyline

Schoolteacher Lilly Moffat is dismayed by conditions in a Welsh mining town. She sets up a school to teach fundamental education to the villagers. Her housekeeper and daughter oppose the project, as does the local Squire who will not rent her space. Using part of her own home, she goes ahead with Miss Moffat's School. One of her students Morgan Evans turns from bully to brilliant student. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In her heart of hearts she knew she'd never hold him. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Welsh | Latin | French

Release Date:

14 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando el amor florece See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Despite the villagers being illiterate, every time a poster is put up people gather round to read it. See more »

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Miss Lilly Moffat: [reading] ... and when I walk in the dark I can touch with my hands where the corn is green.
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Our Miss Moffatt
7 June 2006 | by nycriticSee all my reviews

By now, Bette Davis was having her pick of the type of movies she wanted to make and was known to sacrifice looks for parts that were meaty and difficult. Playing Lily Moffatt must have been a breeze for her, because it allowed her to eliminate all of her grandiose trademark gestures, act in a more paused, restrained way, and let the character's own energy flow out of her and thus dictate how it wanted to convey itself on screen.

Acting against newcomer John Dall she comes off as an equal instead of the experiences actress she by then was: she allows Dall to express himself quite strongly, although at times his Welsh accent wavers in and out. It's too bad, however, that despite this strong debut, Oscar nominated for Supporting Actor, which was followed by ROPE and GUN CRAZY, Dall practically had nothing to hold onto when it came to movies and disappeared for the majority of the Fifties, returning only for SPARTACUS and a smattering of other films.

It's too bad, but one of the many stories of brief careers that make their mark in one or more movies. Speaking of which, Joan Lorring was another actress who took her role and ran with it. For her acting she was awarded, like Dall, a Supporting Actress nomination, but was little seen after 1948. If it weren't for this footnote in her career she'd be all but a forgotten supporting actress; she manages to eclipse Davis in two scenes in the movie, and her exit is also memorable.

Davis probably didn't get a nomination because by now it seemed she could phone in her emotions and play this kind of role in her sleep. Even so, it's a very good role, very understated, not very well remembered (except by her hardcore fans), and the last hit she would have because from 1946 on her movies would start losing money and be of varying quality, that is, until her great comeback as Margo Channing in ALL ABOUT EVE.


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