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These Wilder Years (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 17 August 1956 (USA)
A middle-aged man tries to reconnect with his illegitimate son, who was given to an orphanage many years ago.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Frank Fenton, Ralph Wheelwright (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Steve Bradford
Barbara Stanwyck ... Ann Dempster
Walter Pidgeon ... James Rayburn
Betty Lou Keim ... Suzie
Don Dubbins ... Mark
Edward Andrews ... Leland G. Spottsford
Basil Ruysdael ... Judge
Grandon Rhodes ... Roy Oliphant
Will Wright ... Old Cab Driver
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Dr. Miller
Dorothy Adams ... Aunt Martha
Dean Jones ... Hardware Clerk
Herb Vigran ... Traffic Cop
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Storyline

Successful middle-aged businessman Steve Bradford returns to the town where he attended college many years previously. His conscience has been bothering him since whilst a student, he fathered an illegitimate son who was given away to the local orphanage. He returns to the orphanage and meets its current head, Ann Dempster, hoping to persuade her to help him find his son. She refuses but Steve finds himself getting more involved at the orphanage and learns many lessons life had failed to teach him. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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childhood | orphan | See All (2) »

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TOGETHER and TERRIFIC! ...in a story of unforgettable warmth and impact!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Somewhere I'll Find Him See more »

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Budget:

$1,257,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The American Airlines plane Steve flies in at the beginning of the film is a Convair CV-240 - American's replacement of the Douglas DC-3. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, when Steve goes through the door from his office into the boardroom, the view looking back into his office from the boardroom is nothing like the office he just left. There are pictures where a large window should be. And, view out of the boardroom window is completely different than the view out of Steve's office window - which is right next door. See more »

Quotes

Ann Dempster: Oh, I'm not blaming him Darling, I'm fighting him. It isn't a matter of him or me, it's a matter of lots of others. We all make our beds and have to lie in them, whether we sleep or not. Isn't that all there is to it?
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"Some people never forget the one they dropped."
17 October 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

James Cagney stars in this story about a middle-aged tycoon who is looking for the son he gave up for adoption decades before. Barbara Stanwyck plays the woman who runs the orphanage he left the baby at. She won't help him because of legal and ethical issues regarding the child's privacy. Decent picture with solid acting from the leads. I appreciate the story, which seems ahead of its time with its frank depiction of adoption issues and out-of-wedlock pregnancies. I also appreciate that they didn't go the romance route with Cagney and Stanwyck. The stars don't turn in the best performances of their careers but they're both good. Fine support from Betty Lou Klein, Don Dubbins, and Walter Pidgeon. It's one of those sober low-key dramas that there were so many of in the 1950s. They were often good but lacking a little punch, you know. That's the case here. It's a fine movie but needs to pick up the pace a little and maybe add more spark to the plot.


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