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These Wilder Years (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 17 August 1956 (USA)
A middle-aged man tries to reconnect with his illegitimate son, who was given to an orphanage many years ago.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Frank Fenton, Ralph Wheelwright (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Steve Bradford
Barbara Stanwyck ... Ann Dempster
Walter Pidgeon ... James Rayburn
Betty Lou Keim ... Suzie
Don Dubbins ... Mark
Edward Andrews ... Leland G. Spottsford
Basil Ruysdael ... Judge
Grandon Rhodes ... Roy Oliphant
Will Wright ... Old Cab Driver
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Dr. Miller
Dorothy Adams ... Aunt Martha
Dean Jones ... Hardware Clerk
Herb Vigran ... Traffic Cop
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Storyline

Successful middle-aged businessman Steve Bradford returns to the town where he attended college many years previously. His conscience has been bothering him since whilst a student, he fathered an illegitimate son who was given away to the local orphanage. He returns to the orphanage and meets its current head, Ann Dempster, hoping to persuade her to help him find his son. She refuses but Steve finds himself getting more involved at the orphanage and learns many lessons life had failed to teach him. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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childhood | orphan | See All (2) »

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TOGETHER and TERRIFIC! ...in a story of unforgettable warmth and impact!

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Our Tomorrows See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,257,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

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

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The American Airlines plane Steve flies in at the beginning of the film is a Convair CV-240 - American's replacement of the Douglas DC-3. See more »

Goofs

When Cagney rings doorbell on his first visit to Stanwyck's house, the bell rings before he actually presses the button. See more »

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References Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) See more »

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Stanwyck, Cagney at half-throttle in thoughtful not-quite-weeper
1 May 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Not quite a weeper, These Wilder Years is one of those small-scale, thoughtful dramas that rarely if ever are made nowadays. It's about a steel tycoon (James Cagney) who, in mid-life crisis, tries to find the son he abandoned, along with the mother, twenty years earlier. Used to getting his own way by means of money and mouthpieces, he runs into the head of a home for what once were called "wayward girls" (Barbara Stanwyck). She refuses to bend to his charm, his money, or, finally, his legal talent (Walter Pidgeon).

The story -- possibly more resonant today than when it was released -- takes some unexpected (not to say far-fetched) turns; it's sentimental, all right, but stays on the dry side of mawkish. Its main problem is one of audience expectations. Starring two of the most powerful actors in the history of movies -- Stanwyck and Cagney -- it keeps them at half-throttle throughout. Of course they acquit themselves admirably: they're both seasoned troupers with a wide range. But the confrontational fireworks we hope for and expect never quite come. Nonetheless, These Wilder Years remains a solid and fairly credible film.


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