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How Green Was My Valley

  • Drama
  • 1941
  • John Ford
  • 114 mins
  • U

Summary

Oscar-winning drama starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp and Roddy McDowall. Huw, the youngest member of the Morgan household, tells of the trials and tribulations of his close-knit family who live in a South Wales mining area at the turn of the 20th century.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This magnificent Oscar-winning family saga may seem a trifle dated, with its superb but phoney studio re-creations of the valleys of South Wales instead of actual locations. But there's no denying its power to move as well as entertain audiences, as brilliant director John Ford lovingly details life in the pits and valleys of Richard Llewellyn's famous novel. Ford rightly won the best director Oscar and the movie won best picture, but often overlooked is the sincerity of the film's hand-picked cast, notably sturdy, top-billed Walter Pidgeon and fiery Ford regular Maureen O'Hara. The best supporting actor Oscar went to Donald Crisp's patriarch. This is precisely the kind of movie that gave Hollywood film-making dignity and supremacy in its heyday.

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Credits

Cast

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Mr GruffyddWalter Pidgeon
AngharadMaureen O'Hara
Mr MorganDonald Crisp
HuwRoddy McDowall
BronwynAnna Lee
IantoJohn Loder
Mrs MorganSara Allgood
CyfarthaBarry Fitzgerald
IvorPatric Knowles
Mr JonasMorton Lowry
ParryArthur Shields
CienwenAnn E Todd

Crew

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DirectorJohn Ford

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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