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The Valley of Decision (1945)

Passed | | Drama | June 1945 (USA)
An Irish maid falls for the son of her wealthy boss, though their disapproving fathers and a bitter strike at the steel mill complicates matters.

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Tay Garnett

Writers:

John Meehan (screen play), Sonya Levien (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Mary Rafferty
Gregory Peck ... Paul Scott
Donald Crisp ... William Scott
Lionel Barrymore ... Pat Rafferty
Preston Foster ... Jim Brennan
Marsha Hunt ... Constance Scott
Gladys Cooper ... Clarissa Scott
Reginald Owen ... McCready
Dan Duryea ... William Scott Jr.
Jessica Tandy ... Louise Kane
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Delia
Marshall Thompson ... Ted Scott
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Kate Shannon
Evelyn Dockson Evelyn Dockson ... Mrs. Callahan
John Warburton ... Giles
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Storyline

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their romance is complicated by Paul's engagement to someone else and a bitter strike among the mill workers. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Marcia Davenport's turbulent romance becomes a magnificent motion picture See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El valle de la abnegación See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,160,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,096,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite her youthful appearance, Greer Garson was twelve years older than her leading man, Gregory Peck. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is leaving for Europe after stopping in at her father's house, she rushes away without her satchel containing all her belongings. She is seen boarding the carriage without it, and Jim, who accompanies her outside, is not carrying it, either. See more »

Quotes

Paul Scott: [Mary is upset over her father's stubbornness and begins crying. Paul leads her to a bluff overlooking Pittsburgh's steel mills] You can see all of Pittsburgh from here, but Pittsburgh can't see you. Why don't you sit down and cry it out?
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Connections

Referenced in Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Molly Baun
(uncredited)
Traditional Irish Ballad
Sung a cappella by Greer Garson
Also played a bit in the score
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A Good Decision to Watch this Valley ****
19 February 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Greer Garson, with a terrific Irish brogue, earned still another Oscar nomination. With the exception of 1940, Miss Garson was nominated for best actress from 1939-1945, a Hollywood record.

The film depicts the old problem of wealth vs. poverty. A pretty and pert Greer goes to work for the family of Gregory Peck. They are lovely, unpretentious people. Her dad, played by the irascible Lionel Barrymore, is a hot head if ever there were. His hot-headedness will ultimately lead to his downfall as the film goes on.

We see wealth and snobbery associated with it, especially by Peck's wife, brilliantly played by a young Jessica Tandy. In a change of pace, veteran movie mother, Gladys Cooper, comes off as a wonderfully, kind sort of matriarch married to the indomitable Donald Crisp.

The ending is great. All I can say is that fairness triumphs over snobbery. Class distinctions just seem to go away.


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