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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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Jerry Maren, the lollipop man from Wizard of oz, Stood in for Margaret O'Brien in the scene where she is floating down the river in a washtub. See more »

Goofs

The cars/trucks have no windshields. Studio lights can be seen reflected off vehicle bodies but not where the glass would be. Additionally, this movie was filmed/set during World War II when gas was rationed; since there's no windshields, there are also no rationing stickers visible. 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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Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Joy to the World
(1719) (uncredited)
Music attributed to George Frideric Handel
Hymn by Isaac Watts (1719)
Arranged by Lowell Mason
Sung by all in Church
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A heart-warming tale of rural life in the 1940's for an immigrant family.
7 August 2000 | by PHeathSee all my reviews

This movie is a wonderful story about farm life in 1940's Wisconsin starring Edward G Robinson, Margaret O'Brien and Agnes Moorehead.

E.G. Robinson's role in this movie is a vast departure from his usual Tough Guy and Gangster films. He plays a very warm and tender hearted Father and Husband who owns a small farm in rural Wisconsin. His portrayal is superb, and totally surprised me!

Margaret O'Brien plays 7 year old Selma, in a performance that is outstanding. From moments of usual Child-like Innocence, to subtle yet profound moments of Fear, Joy, Anger and Sadness, this performance is one of her best that I have ever seen!

Agnes Moorehead plays the Matriarch of the family, a stern, yet loving wife and mother, who stands by her husband with unwavering faith and shows her daughter what life is all about with love, tenderness and truth.

This movie captivated me, charmed me, and opened my eyes to small town America in the 1940's, and shows a wonderfully simple style of life, that I wish we could all go back to. I hope you will enjoy this movie!


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