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The Best Years of Our Lives Overview:

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and Lester Koenig.

The film was based on the novel Glory for Me written by MacKinlay Kantor published in 1945.

The Best Years of Our Lives was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorFredric MarchWon
Best Supporting ActorHarold RussellWon
Best DirectorWilliam WylerWon
Best Film EditingDaniel MandellWon
Best Music - ScoringHugo FriedhoferWon
Best PictureSamuel Goldwyn ProductionsWon
Best WritingRobert E. SherwoodWon
Special AwardTo Harold Russell for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives.Won
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Teresa Wright in The Best Years of Our Lives

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 16, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I was born and bred a California boy, but there’s a certain something about the girl-next-door. Maybe it’s my midwestern roots, because after all, my mom was born in Iowa before making the move westward. Anyways, the first time I saw Teresa Wright onscreen I was immediately smitten. She ... Read full article


The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): The Forgotten Counterpart to George Bailey’s Story

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 6, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Inherent in a film with this title, much like It’s a Wonderful Life, is the assumption that it is a generally joyous tale full of family, life, liberty, and the general pursuit of happiness. With both films you would be partially correct with such an unsolicited presumption, except for all tho... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 17, 2015 From Virtual Virago

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is a different kind of war story, but its focus on the domestic aftermath of World War II is still powerful today, nearly seventy years after its original release. It certainly spoke to the cultural moment in 1946, winning seven Academy Awards out of eight nominati... Read full article


The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

By Beatrice on Jan 31, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Best Years of Our Lives Directed by William Wyler Written by Robert E. Sherwood from a novel by MacKinlay Kantor 1946/USA The Samuel Goldwyn Company Repeat viewing; DVD in collection #194 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Al Stephenson: Oh, a couple-a centuries. I have seen this co... Read full article


The Best Years of Our Lives

By Joey on Nov 4, 2014 From Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

 The Best Years of Our Lives review https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest “The Best Years of Our Lives” is an introspective movie about three veterans adjusting to civilian life after World War II. Its wonderfully directed by William Wyler.  It was released in 1946,its o... Read full article


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Marie Derry: Say, who is this Peggy Stephenson?
Fred Derry: She's a girl.
Marie Derry: I didn't think she was a kangaroo!


Fred Derry: You know what it'll be, don't you, Peggy? It may take us years to get anywhere. We'll have no money, no decent place to live. We'll have to work, get kicked around.


Mr. Mollett: Say, uh, do you mind if I ask you a personal question?
Homer Parrish: I know what it is. How did I get these hooks and how do they work? That's what everybody says when they start off, "Do you mind if I ask you a personal question?" Well, I'll tell ya. I got sick and tired of that old pair of hands I had. You know, an awful lot of trouble washing them and manicuring my nails. So I traded them in for a pair of these latest models. They work by radar. Look.
[He takes a scoop of his ice cream sundae with a spoon]
Homer Parrish: Pretty cute, hey?


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According to his biographer A. Scott Berg, Samuel Goldwyn re-released The Best Years of Our Lives in a modified format to play on wide screens. It opened with all the hoopla of a new picture, including a gala premiere in Washington D.C. on February 3, 1954, with Sherman Adams, five Supreme Court justices, two cabinet members, and twenty-four senators in attendance. There was a quarter-million-dollar campaign advertising it as "The Most Honored Picture of All Time". The film grossed another $1 million.
One of the very first films to be selected by the Library of Congress to go into their newly created National Film Registry in 1989.
For his performance as Homer Parrish, Harold Russell became the only actor to win two Academy Awards for the same role.
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