The Human Comedy Overview:

The Human Comedy (1943) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Clarence Brown.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorMickey RooneyNominated
Best CinematographyHarry StradlingNominated
Best DirectorClarence BrownNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
Best WritingWilliam SaroyanWon

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By Terry on Aug 14, 2015 From Stardust and Shadows

Summers are wonderful times to enjoy pictures – some of which I enjoyed during the TCM SUMMER OF DARKNESS festival on Film Noir.? The rain felt warm, the dark was comforting, and dialogue was so sharp you could shave with it. There is morning even in a noir picture -however desolate. I recentl... Read full article

Classic Film Art from the Cafe's Collection: Fay Bainter and Mickey Rooney in "The Human Comedy"

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The Human Comedy (1943)

By Beatrice on Oct 14, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Human Comedy Directed by Clarence Brown Written by Howard Eastabrook from the story by William Saroyan 1943/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Amazon Instant Video MGM’s faith-based, patriotic take on small-town America during World War II was not for me. The people of Icatha, Cali... Read full article

MGM Blogathon: The Human Comedy (1943)

By Beth Daniels on Jun 28, 2014 From Mildred's Fatburgers

Cloying, but Comforting ?ber sweet, but worth it My memory of this film is fonder than it should be. It appeals to me because Mickey Rooney is restrained and affecting in it and certain scenes were etched in my memory from the first time I saw it on television a thousand years ago.But I forgot abou... Read full article

The Human Comedy (Found from 1943)

By Alyson on Jan 3, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

On the surface, The Human Comedy is a story about the Macauleys, an American family during WWII. ?The father (Ray Collins) has died two years ago, but provides narration in his afterlife. ?Oldest son Marcus (Van Johnson) is away from home serving in the army, leaving middle teenage son Homer (Mickey... Read full article

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Movie developed into the Broadway musical production "The Human Comedy" opened at the Royale Theater in New York on April 5, 1984 and ran for 13 performances.
Writer William Saroyan wanted desperately to direct the film despite having no experience in directing. Louis B. Mayer told Saroyan that he would consider the request and assigned the writer to direct a one reel short. The short film was a disappointment and studio stalwart Clarence Brown was promptly assigned. Saroyan was so bitter about the experience he wrote a play about Mayer soon after titled "Get Away Old Man". He also adapted the story he wrote for the film into a novel, which was published within weeks of the movie premiere and became a best seller.
Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names, if any): S.Z. Sakall (Mr. Ara), Jessie Arnold, Connie Gilchrist, Margaret Armstrong, Sarah Padden, Leila McIntyre' and Joseph E. Bernard.
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