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The Green Years (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 4 July 1946 (USA)
An orphaned young boy is guided by his great-grandfather and strives to go to university to become a doctor. However, the boy's harsh grandfather stands in his way.

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

A.J. Cronin (novel), Robert Ardrey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Coburn ... Alexander Gow
Tom Drake ... Robert Shannon as a Young Man
Beverly Tyler ... Alison Keith as a Young Woman
Hume Cronyn ... Papa Leckie
Gladys Cooper ... Grandma Leckie
Dean Stockwell ... Robert Shannon as a Child
Selena Royle ... Mama Leckie
Jessica Tandy ... Kate Leckie
Richard Haydn ... Jason Reid
Andy Clyde ... Saddler Boag
Norman Lloyd ... Adam Leckie
Robert North Robert North ... Murdoch Leckie
Wallace Ford ... Jamie Nigg
Eilene Janssen ... Alison Keith as a Child
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ... Gavin Blair as Young Man (as Hank Daniels)
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Storyline

When young Robert Shannon is orphaned he leaves his home in Ireland and travels to Langford, Scotland, home of his maternal grandparents. Growing up in the home of his penny-pinching grandfather is made bearable by his doting but irresponsible great-grandfather, loving grandmother and kind aunt and uncle. After a rocky start in his new school Robbie adjusts and is befriended by Gavin and Allison, whom he grows to love as the years pass. As he matures into a young man Robbie's dreams turn to medicine and becoming a doctor. Supported by everyone in the family except his grandfather, he studies for a scholarship as a way to escape life toiling in the local boiler-works. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A.J. Cronin's The Green Years See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,280,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Charles Coburn is Outstanding!
27 September 2005 | by rday-9See all my reviews

TCM screened this film recently and it was worth staying up past my bedtime to watch it. The film can be summed up in two words: Charles Coburn. He is magnificent as the perpetually inebriated yet good natured great grandfather. His dialogue is top notch and he delivers it to the hilt, at times funny, and others poignant. Dean Stockwell as the young boy is always interesting to watch, as are Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. Fans of old films will recognize many stock players as well: the mother here is also the mother in The Fighting Sullivans and the school master turns up years later as the impresario for the Von Trapp children in the Sound of Music. It's fun to see him so young. The movie has a lot of the Goodbye Mr. Chips qualities I love in film. And keep your ears open and you'll hear strains of similar music from The Wizard of Oz - letting you know it's an MGM production. Throw in a bit of Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist and you've got a fine movie. I won't give any more away.


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