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Kings Row (1942) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by Sam Wood and produced by Hal B. Wallis and David Lewis.

Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyJames Wong HoweNominated
Best DirectorSam WoodNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated
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Kings Row (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 4, 2018 From 4 Star Films

Kings Row is apparently a good place to live. The billboard in town says as much. It’s the goings-on in?the community?that tells a different story — providing?a?conflicting more subversive view of small-town America. The story starts out with 5 children. It feels like we hardly get to kn... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: KINGS ROW (1942)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 28, 2017 From Virtual Virago

Mixed reviews are often the hardest ones to write, and I have mixed feelings about Kings Row (1942), the Sam Wood drama adapted from the controversial novel by Henry Bellamann. I think, ultimately, the film is useful as an example of the ways the Hays Code could undermine the purpose of an artistic ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: KINGS ROW (1942)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 28, 2017 From Virtual Virago

Mixed reviews are often the hardest ones to write, and I have mixed feelings about Kings Row (1942), the Sam Wood drama adapted from the controversial novel by Henry Bellamann. I think, ultimately, the film is useful as an example of the ways the Hays Code could undermine the purpose of an artistic ... Read full article


Kings Row (1942)

By Beatrice on Aug 21, 2014 From Flickers in Time

King’s Row Directed by Sam Wood Written by Casey Robinson from the novel by Henry Bellamann 1942/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental Ronald Reagan is the best thing about this film. ?It’s another highly-rated drama that I wish I liked more that I do. The story takes place in ... Read full article


Kings Row (1942)

By Angela on Mar 23, 2011 From Hollywood Revue

Back at the turn of the last century, Kings Row was thought to be a picture-perfect small town.? But just like Peyton Place and Twin Peaks, Kings Row has got a very dark side.? The movie begins in 1890 when all the main characters are just children.? Parris Mitchell (Robert Cummings) and Drake McHug... Read full article


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Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: Oh, have you read this?
Parris Mitchell: Yes, sir. I didn't understand it entirely, I'm afraid.
Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: Well, it's a new field. They've even a new word for it: psychiatry.
Parris Mitchell: It's something I never thought about. I mean, for a doctor to want to cure diseases of people's minds instead of their bodies. I suppose it's a pretty big field, sir.
Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: Maybe too big. Maybe a hundred years off.


Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: In the 13th Century, man was happier and more comfortable in his world than he is now. I'm speaking of psychic man and his relationship with his whole universe.
Parris Mitchell: I get it, sir. Everything was so simple then
Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: That was it, Parris. That was it. But in this modern complicated world, man breaks down under the strain, the bewilderment, disappointment, and disillusionment. He gets lost, goes crazy, commits suicide. I don't know what's going to happen to this world in the next hundred years or so, but I can guarantee you life isn't going to get any simpler. Worry and doubt bring on a bellyache. Mankind's building up the biggest psychic bellyache in history.


Drake McHugh: Randy, Randy - Where's the rest of me...?


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Facts about

Bette Davis showed interest in playing the Cassandra role. When she was turned down, she suggested Betty Field, who was eventually cast.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold had written the scores for a number of important movies for Warners, including The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Korngold was told he was to write a score for a new picture, 'Kings Row'. According to Brendan Carroll in his biography of Korngold, the composer, thinking this was another royal story, set about writing the celebrated fanfare theme of the picture. Despite the wrong assumption, Korngold decided to keep and develop the theme into what has become a classic score.
Ida Lupino and Olivia de Havilland both rejected the role of Cassandra.
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