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I Never Sang for My Father
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Release Date:
1970 (UK) See more »
A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Melvyn Douglas ... Tom Garrison

Gene Hackman ... Gene Garrison
Dorothy Stickney ... Margaret Garrison

Estelle Parsons ... Alice
Elizabeth Hubbard ... Peggy
Lovelady Powell ... Norma
Daniel Keyes ... Dr. Mayberry

Conrad Bain ... Rev. Pell
Jon Richards ... Marvin Scott
Nikki Counselman ... Waitress
Carol Peterson ... 1st Nurse
Sloane Shelton ... 2nd Nurse

James Karen ... Old Age Home Director
Gene Williams ... State Hospital Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Dexter ... Hostess (uncredited)
Valerie Ogden ... Nurse #3 (uncredited)
Beverly Penberthy ... Special nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Gilbert Cates 
Writing credits
Robert Anderson (written by)

Robert Anderson (based on "I Never Sang For My Father" by)

Produced by
Gilbert Cates .... producer
Original Music by
Al Gorgoni 
Barry Mann 
Cinematography by
Morris Hartzband (director of photography)
George Stoetzel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Angelo Ross 
Art Direction by
Hank Aldrich 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge (costumes)
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup artist
Philip Leto .... hairdresser (as Phil Leto)
Production Management
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit manager (as Phil Goldfarb)
George Goodman .... production manager
Everett Rosenthal .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Panesoff .... assistant director
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sante Fiore .... master scenic artist
Sound Department
Nathan Boxer .... boom man (as Nat Boxer)
Charles Federmack .... sound mixer
Stanley Mittledorf .... recordist
Walter Nolan .... effects editor
James Sabat .... recordist
Dick Vorisek .... re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Dinen .... still photographer (as Sam Dinin)
Jamie Jacobson .... second assistant camera
Morton Novak .... gaffer (as Morty Novak)
Fred Porrett .... camera operator
Albert Taffet .... camera operator
Felix Trimboli .... first assistant camera
Robert M. Volpe .... key grip (as Robert Volpe)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne David .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Peet Begley .... assistant film editor
Other crew
Janise Bogard .... assistant to the producer
Gilbert Cates  (as produced on the Broadway stage by)
Bert Gold .... titles
Shirley Marcus .... production secretary
Everett Rosenthal .... for the producer
Peter L. Skolnik .... assistant to the producer
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor
Doris Vidor  (as produced on the Broadway stage by in association with)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nunca canté para mi padre" - Spain (imdb display title), Venezuela
"Ποτέ δεν Τραγούδησα για τον Πατέρα μου" - Greece
"Песен за баща ми" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Я никогда не пел отцу" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Anello di sangue" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Choque de Gerações" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Jag sjöng aldrig för min far" - Sweden
"Je n'ai jamais chanté pour mon père" - Canada (French title) (complete title)
"Kein Lied für meinen Vater" - West Germany
"Meu Pai, Um Estranho" - Brazil
"Mi padre, un extraño" - Argentina (imdb display title)
"Mon père n'a jamais écouté mes chansons" - Canada (French title) (TV title)
"Nigdy nie spiewalem dla mojego ojca" - Poland
"Nikad nisam pjevao svom ocu" - Yugoslavia (Croatian title) (imdb display title)
"Pote den tragoudisa gia ton patera mou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Sohasem énekeltem az apámnak" - Hungary (imdb display title)
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92 min
Black And White (still photograph) | Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Netherlands:AL (2010) (DVD) | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (VoD rating) (2013) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Richard Widmark was playwright Robert Anderson's first choice for the son role in both the theatrical and film versions of the play. One proposal had Fredric March as the father, another had it as a TV special with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the parents.See more »
Gene Garrison:I hate him. And I hate to hate him.See more »
StrangersSee more »


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