In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »
An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man.
While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct.Written by
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Cast members Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker were married at the time of filming, though the marriage was already crumbling. According to cast and crew members, the love scenes were agonizing for them both. Jennifer Jones was reported as running, sobbing, to her portable dressing room between takes. See more »
Colonel Smollett (Monty Woolley) struggled to place a garden glove on his right hand. Later, during the same scene in the victory garden, he wears a glove only on his left hand. At the start of the scene he was wearing two gloves. He took them both off, and then put on the right glove upside down before putting on the left glove. Next, when his hands (and soon all of him), were entirely off camera, he had enough time to remove the right glove, which he then carried in his gloved left hand. See more »
[as she passes by Colonel Smollett, who is fussing with a bunch of shoes]
Having difficulties, Colonel?
Colonel William G. Smollett:
Oh, hello, Mrs. Hilton. Do you by any chance know where I might get some shoe polish that isn't made of old sausages?
I wish I could get some sausage that isn't made of old shoe polish!
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Soda, the dog, was played by Dick Whittington. See more »
The DVD release from MGM restores the film's original entr'acte music, and uses a series of different still photos as the backdrop for both the overture and entr'acte. Previous video and laserdisc releases from CBS/Fox repeated the overture as the intermission music, and used the same still photo (the fireplace shown in the opening credits) for both overture and entr'acte. (In original theatrical showings overture and entr'acte music played over a black screen - the visual montages were added for the home video releases.) See more »
Underrated and I disagree with other viewer's comments
I thought this film was nicely naturalistic rather than melodramatic- in that the naivete, sincerity and hopeful nature of people in the context of 1940s smalltown America was honestly portrayed by all of the principle actors. A pleasant counterpoint to "The Best Years of Our Lives"- yes, admittedly much more of a striving to be cheerful/optimistic bit of propaganda than "Best Years", but similar in tone nonetheless. I also recommend this film for the intriguing casting of Robert Walker (best known as psychopath Bruno Antony in Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train") as Jennifer Jones' somewhat wishy washy yet ultimately tragic boyfriend- the infamous scene where Jones tearfully bids him farewell as his battlefield destined train departs is classic. Genuinely emotional. Not one of the all time best movies I have ever seen, but certainly worth a watch. Probably of interest to Shirley Temple fans, too, as it is one of her 'young adult' roles.
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