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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)
|Best Actor||Fredric March||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Harold Russell||Won|
|Best Director||William Wyler||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Daniel Mandell||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Hugo Friedhofer||Won|
|Best Picture||Samuel Goldwyn Productions||Won|
|Best Writing||Robert E. Sherwood||Won|
|Special Award||To 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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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?
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.
Fred Derry: You gotta hand it to the Navy; they sure trained that kid how to use those hooks.
Al Stephenson: They couldn't train him to put his arms around his girl, or to stroke her hair.
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William Wyler, who served as a major in the Army Air Force during World War II, incorporated his own wartime experiences into The Best Years of Our Lives. Just as Fred Derry did in the movie, Wyler flew in B-17s in combat over Germany, although rather than being a bombardier, as Derry was, he filmed footage for documentary films. Additionally, Wyler modeled the reunion of Al and Milly, in which they first see each other at opposite ends of a long hallway, on his own homecoming to his wife, Talli.
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.
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