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Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Family | September 1945 (USA)
3:27 | Trailer
A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin.


Roy Rowland


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





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


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


Drama | Family


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Did You Know?


The trailer for this film includes a specially shot scene of 'Margaret O'Brien' visiting with Spencer Tracy. Tracy tells the child star he never wants to make a movie with her because she's too good for him! See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Selma Jacobson: [walking down a dirt road in the country] Georgie's gonna be a farmer when he grows up, and he's gonna raise buffalo.
Arnold Hanson: Buffalo have all been killed - I know, my father killed them all.
Selma Jacobson: All the same, they aren't all dead. Anyway, that's what Georgie's gonna be when he grows up.
Arnold Hanson: When I grow up I'm gonna be a soldier, and shoot all the time.
[pretends to shoot a gun with a stick in his hand]
Arnold Hanson: I'll be fearless.
Selma Jacobson: I'm gonna be a WAC and I'm gonna shoot more than you do cause I'm older.
Arnold Hanson: No you won't...
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Spoofed in Gorilla My Dreams (1948) See more »


Entry of the Gladiators
(1897) (uncredited)
Written by Julius Fucík
In the score during the elephant sequence
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I loved this movie!
4 May 2004 | by jtaraba-1See all my reviews

Sure, maybe the movie harkens back to a simpler time and maybe life really didn't go this way for alot of people, but this is a sweet movie- the likes we don't really see too much of these days. I did find myself waiting for the inevitable "other shoe to drop" as things were really going too well for the main characters and in all movies- something bad usually happens. I have read other comments here regarding this movie and it's supposed communist undertones- if giving of yourself to help someone that lost everything in a fire is communist- then I'm all for it. Edward G Robinson is hard working, sweet and gentle- without being mushy- it's a simple film that is nice to watch for it's wholesomeness. There are some unhappy parts- a barn burning- and a lesson that even when you get something that you have wanted for your whole life, things can be taken away in the blink of an eye. It's a wonderful movie and has alot of the things I watch some classic movies for: a charm and sweetness that involves no sex and violence- it doesn't need to to get it's message across.

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Release Date:

September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frühling des Lebens See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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