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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)

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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[after Peggy tells her parents that they never had any trouble in their relationship]
Milly Stephenson: "We never had any trouble." How many times have I told you I hated you and believed it in my heart? How many times have you said you were sick and tired of me; that we were all washed up? How many times have we had to fall in love all over again?


Peggy Stephenson: I've made up my mind.
Al Stephenson: Good girl.
Milly Stephenson: To do what?
Peggy Stephenson: I'm going to break that marriage up! I can't stand it seeing Fred tied to a woman he doesn't love and who doesn't love him. Oh, it's horrible for him. It's humiliating and it's killing his spirit. Somebody's got to help him.


Al Stephenson: I think that, uh, little story has considerable significance; but I've, uh, I've forgotten what it is.


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In order to give the film a documentary-style realism, the director drew each member of the crew - props, grips, mixers, etc. - from the ranks of WWII veterans.
Myrna Loy receives top billing as she was the most successful female star at the time.
This was William Wyler's last film for producer Samuel Goldwyn.
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