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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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Madame Marie von Eln: Don't cry, Anna, for me. It will be worse for him. My troubles are almost over and his are just beginning. Growing up is so difficult, Anna. The disappointments and the heartbreaks, the frightening problems, the menaces and cruelties of the world. How often have I wished that his mother will live or his father, or that I were his mother! It isn't fair that a young boy should be brought up by an old woman who will leave him when he needs her most.


Dr. Alexander Q. Tower: Well, Mitchell, I don't know at all your approach to medicine. Perhaps you regard it as an opportunity to become one of those bedside manners with a list of proper pills to give the patient - particularly when you don't know what is the matter with him. Or perhaps your aim is to become an eminent carpenter with a knife and a chisel and a saw. Perhaps even you'll flow over with the nobility of relieving humanity's suffering. I'll tell you my approach to medicine! It is a game in which man pits his brains against the forces of destruction and disease. In the beginning I don't expect you to participate in the game. You'll only listen and accept. You will study and you will make notes and you will memorize... and you will do all this only because I tell you to.


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.


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Facts about

The city depicted in the film is based on the actual Mid-Missouri town of Fulton, book writer Henry Bellamann's home.
20th Century Fox attempted to buy the book's rights to turn it into a vehicle for Henry Fonda.
Bette Davis showed interest in playing the Cassandra role. When she was turned down, she suggested Betty Field, who was eventually cast.
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