How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

John Ford (1941)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


Residents of a Welsh mining community at the start of the 20th century struggle to come to terms with the decline in their traditional way of life. Oscar-winning drama, starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp and Roddy McDowall.

Cast & Crew

Mr Gruffydd Walter Pidgeon
Angharad Maureen O'Hara
Mr Morgan Donald Crisp
Huw Roddy McDowall
Bronwyn Anna Lee
Ianto John Loder
Mrs Morgan Sara Allgood
Cyfartha Barry Fitzgerald
Ivor Patric Knowles
Mr Jonas Morton Lowry
Parry Arthur Shields
Cienwen Ann E Todd
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray