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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only feature film pairing Barbara Stanwyck and James Cagney. 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 The Swan (1956) See more »

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Better than expected
15 December 2000 | by jann-6See all my reviews

Maltin calls this a soap opera. That's what I expected it to be, but I feel that it's better than that, largely due to Cagney's performance. He's quite believable as a middle aged man who regrets the mistakes of his youth. Barbara Stanwyck is a woman struggling with an emotional and legal conflict. Throw in a good courtroom scene, and you've got a movie that holds your interest to the end. The final resolution is a bit sappy, but overall, the film is pretty good.


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