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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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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 14, 1946 with Greer Garson and Gregory Peck reprising their film roles 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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I first saw this film in 1945 in Morotai during the war and absolutely loved it and have been trying to find it ever since
14 June 2005 | by wesley-38See all my reviews

I first saw this film in 1945 when I was serving in the Air Force on the Island of Morotai. Sitting on an old bomb tail fin and in the open air and in the rain. I remember writing to my parents in Perth WA telling them not to miss it. I am now 79 years of age and of course it is difficult for me to remember all the details of the film, but it was the style of film that impressed me so much that I have been looking for it ever since. Some two years ago I heard that it was played on Foxtel (our equivalent to pay TV) and as I don't have that luxury, once again I missed it. I have now tried to buy it and hope I will get it in due course


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