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

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Drama

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This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $600,000 ($5.64M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when Steve goes through the door from his office into the boardroom, the view looking back into his office from the boardroom is nothing like the office he just left. There are pictures where a large window should be. And, view out of the boardroom window is completely different than the view out of Steve's office window - which is right next door. See more »

Quotes

Ann Dempster: Oh, I'm not blaming him Darling, I'm fighting him. It isn't a matter of him or me, it's a matter of lots of others. We all make our beds and have to lie in them, whether we sleep or not. Isn't that all there is to it?
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References Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) See more »

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Revisiting His Past
17 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

These Wilder Years marks the only teaming of James Cagney and Barbara Stanwyck. It would have been nice if they had been teamed for a better film. Can't you just see Stanwyck in Virginia Mayo's part in White Heat?

Still These Wilder Years is not a bad film, high class soap opera the kind of stuff that became popular on television in the Eighties.

James Cagney is a millionaire industrialist looking for the son whose paternity he denied when he was sowing his wild oats. Barbara Stanwyck runs the home for unwed mothers where the girl who Cagney was involved with came and gave up her kid for adoption.

Cagney has the resources to get his way, but Stanwyck with the confidentiality of adoption records has the law on her side. Or has she?

Walter Pigeon plays Cagney's attorney and Don Dubbins, a young actor whose career Cagney was pushing plays the son and both do well. Look for bit parts from Tom {BillyJack} Laughlin, Michael Landon, and Dean Jones all at the start of their careers.

Cagney and Stanwyck are both players with an edge to their parts. It's like they've been taken down into second gear for this film. Still it's a pleasant enough movie. Look for young Betty Lou Keim who is a current unwed mother in Stanwyck's charge. Her scenes with Cagney are quite poignant.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Somewhere I'll Find Him See more »

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Budget:

$1,257,000 (estimated)
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