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Our Town (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 May 1940 (USA)
Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (play), Thornton Wilder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... George Gibbs
Martha Scott ... Emily Webb
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Gibbs
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Webb
Thomas Mitchell ... Dr. Gibbs
Guy Kibbee ... Mr. Webb
Stuart Erwin ... Howie Newsome
Frank Craven ... Mr. Morgan
Doro Merande ... Mrs. Soames
Philip Wood Philip Wood ... Simon Stimson
Ruth Tobey Ruth Tobey ... Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
Douglas Gardner Douglas Gardner ... Wally Webb
Arthur B. Allen Arthur B. Allen ... Professor Willard (as Arthur Allen)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Ferguson
Spencer Charters ... Constable Warren
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Storyline

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuestro pueblo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Hypercube restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poster advertising for this film made it sound as if it were a tense psychological melodrama about somewhat scandalous characters, which it most certainly wasn't. See more »

Goofs

The Stage Manager mentions the "Boston train" and the "Albany train" passing through Grover's Corners, NH. The Boston-Albany train line did not (and does not) enter New Hampshire. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs: It seems to me, once in your life, before you die, you ought to see a country where they don't speak any English and they don't even want to.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on an organ after the wedding
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A Thoughtful Look at Everyday Life
27 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The film version of "Our Town" is a thoughtful look at everyday life, often slow-moving, but usually effective. Without any exciting or surprising events, it tells a worthwhile story and leaves an impression on the viewer.

Most of the story follows the Gibbs family and the Webb family, neighbors in a small New Hampshire town. We learn about their lives, loves, and concerns, told in part by a narrator many years after the fact. Most of the time, things move at a very leisurely pace, with details about the town itself often thrown in. It's worth watching because of the memorable and effective closing sequence, in which Emily Webb, who has married George Gibbs, finds her life in danger. The sequence is creatively done, and brings out the importance of the otherwise mundane events we have seen in the rest of the film.

The characters are all nicely defined, with most of the cast doing pretty well, especially the character acting in the background roles. The small-town atmosphere is also convincing. There's certainly nothing spectacular about the film, but if you are interested simple human drama of everyday life, you should enjoy "Our Town".


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