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Kings Row
Movie: Kings Row(1942)[tt0034946] Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris Mitchell (Robert Cummings) and Drake McHugh (Ronald Reagan), both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under the father of his sweetheart Cassandra Tower (Betty Field), while Drake plans on becoming a local businessman when he receives his full inheritance - juggling girlfriends in the meantime. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams. Written byscgary66
Title Kings Row
Release Date 18 April 1942 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Drama, Mystery, Romance
Production Companies Warner Bros.
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan...
Randy Monaghan...
Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings...
Parris Mitchell...
Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan...
Drake McHugh...
Betty Field
Betty Field...
Cassandra Tower...
Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn...
Dr. Henry Gordon...
Claude Rains
Claude Rains...
Dr. Alexander Tower...
Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson...
Mrs. Harriet Gordon...
Nancy Coleman
Nancy Coleman...
Louise Gordon...
Kaaren Verne
Kaaren Verne...
Elise Sandor...
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya...
Madame von Eln...
Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport...
Colonel Skeffington...
Ernest Cossart
Ernest Cossart...
Pa Monaghan...
Ilka GrĂ¼ning
Ilka GrĂ¼ning...
Anna (as Ilka Gr...
Minor Watson
Minor Watson...
Sam Winters...

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hrd1963 on 14 April 2007
Henry Bellamann's account of small town life at the turn of the twentieth century, with its central themes of incest, suicide, religious fanaticism, homosexuality, euthanasia and sadism (among other less controversial topics), assured its best seller status when the book was first published in 1940. When Warner Brothers released its film version two years later, much of the story's sensational content was altered or eliminated entirely and yet the movie remained surprisingly compelling. The first part of the film concerns itself primarily with Parris Mitchell (Robert Cummings), the sensitive and idealistic doctor-in-training, and his volatile relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Cassie (played by Betty Field), and it's less successful because of the films inability to deal honestly with the demons that haunt Cassie. (The revelation that Cassie is being molested by her father is jettisoned completely and the movie, instead, settles for the explanation that Cassie is mentally ill. The frantic and desperate interludes that Parris and Cassie share, however, fevered by a kind of histrionic intensity, don't make much sense within this context and the viewer is left feeling somewhat bewildered by it all). The second part of the film, which focuses on the other major love story, that of Parris' best friend Drake (Ronald Reagan) and Randy (Ann Sheridan), the poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks, is more faithful to Bellamann's novel and altogether more satisfying. There is also a fascinating subplot, involving Drake's abandoned sweetheart, Louise (Nancy Coleman), that helps to sustain the film and propel the movie to its dynamic conclusion. Though Cummings, as Parris, is bland and overly-sincere, the movie contains what is considered to be Ronald Reagan's finest screen performance (not that the competition had been that keen) and Ann Sheridan is an immensely warm and lovely presence. The film belongs, however, to it's amazing supporting cast, comprised of some of Hollywood's finest character players: Betty Field, touching as the frightened and disturbed Cassie; the wonderful Claude Rains, beautifully underplaying as Cassie's sad, troubled father; Maria Ouspenskaya, characteristically cast as Parris' wise and loving grandmother; and, in particular, Nancy Coleman as the hysterical Louise, the sexually repressed daughter of religious fanatics (Charles Coburn and Judith Anderson). The memorable score, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, adds immeasurably to the mood.

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