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Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Family | September 1945 (USA)
A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screen play), George Victor Martin (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Martinius Jacobson
Margaret O'Brien ... Selma Jacobson
James Craig ... Nels Halverson
Frances Gifford ... Viola Johnson
Agnes Moorehead ... Bruna Jacobson
Morris Carnovsky ... Bjorn Bjornson
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ... Arnold Hanson
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Bjornson
Greta Granstedt ... Mrs. Faraassen
Dorothy Morris ... Ingeborg Jensen
Arthur Space ... Pete Hanson
Elizabeth Russell ... Kola Hanson
Louis Jean Heydt ... Mr. Faraassen
Charles Middleton ... Kurt Jensen
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Minister
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Storyline

Life in small town Wisconsin. Selma and Arnold, aged 7 and 5, pal around together between their two farms. Selma has a newborn calf that her father gave to her which she named 'Elizabeth'. Nels is the editor of the Fuller Junction Spectator and the kids just call him 'editor'. Viola is the new school teacher from the big city. While Nels wants to marry Viola, Viola does not want to live in a small quiet, nothing happening town. The biggest news is that Faraassen has built a new barn. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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M-G-M's True-to-Life Drama

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frühling des Lebens See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is taken from The Holy Bible, The Song of Solomon, Chapter 2-15: "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, during the two-shot of Selma Jacobson and Arnold Hanson, he can be seen mouthing her lines as she says them. See more »

Quotes

Martinius Jacobson: [Entering Bjornson's new barn] You can still smell the new wood... finest smell on the earth.
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Referenced in Trumbo (2007) See more »

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Entry of the Gladiators
(1897) (uncredited)
Written by Julius Fucík
In the score during the elephant sequence
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one of my all-time favorites
6 December 2005 | by ginmosesSee all my reviews

This is one of those rare films that looks frankly at the more tender and noble human emotions, such as self-sacrifice, generosity, parental love, and more, and leaves the viewer feeling fuller and more validated as a human being. Yes, it may sound corny in today's glitzy surface-obsessed world, but we who remember the simpler days love this film. Edward G. is fantastic as the understanding caring father, Margaret is excellent and thoroughly believable as always, and Butch does a fantastic job. His role is written as a perfect compliment to MArgfaret's, as he observes everything from a male perspective and always wants to know why things work, while Margaret only wants to know that everything is working okay with the world. Agnes gets to portray a soft and loving mother as opposed to nasty shrews she usually plays. My favorite Moorehead and Robinson roles, both in one movie.


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