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Our Town (1940)

Our Town (1940)

Our Town




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Drawn from Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Sam Wood's look at the mores of turn-of-the-century life in fictional Grover's Corners stars Martha Scott as Emily Webb, the newsman's daughter whose romance with George Gibbs (William Holden) is the focus of narrator Mr. Morgan's (Frank Craven) episodic tale.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Thornton Wilder, Frank Craven, Harry Chandlee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2000
United Artists


William Holden
as Geogre Gibbs
Martha Scott
as Emily Webb
Beulah Bondi
as Mrs. Webb
Guy Kibbee
as Mr. Webb
Frank Craven
as Mr. Morgan, the nar...
Fay Bainter
as Mrs. Gibbs
Thomas Mitchell
as Dr. Gibbs
Stuart Erwin
as Howie Newsome
Philip Wood
as Simon Stinson
Doro Merande
as Mrs. Soames
Ruth Tobey
as Rebecca Gibbs
Douglas Gardiner
as Wally Webb
Arthur Allen
as Prof. Willet
Spencer Charters
as The Constable
Tim Davis
as Joe Crowell
Dix Davis
as Si Crowell
Dan White
as Wedding Guest
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Critic Reviews for Our Town

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Dated, yes. But it still catches in the throat. Nostalgic, loving, happy, sad.

February 17, 2008

Sam Wood's film version is as experimental and stylized as Thornton Wilder's play, one of the most enduring but also misunderstood plays in American history.

Full Review… | December 24, 2006

Audience Reviews for Our Town


What a sentimental, sappy, silly movie. You understand the ideas they're trying to convey almost half way through, but they keep beating you over the head with them anyway. This movie got on my nerves.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Our Town is one of the best plays that I have seen executed on stage. Evidently, we weren't ready for a good screen adaptation in 1940. Despite the best efforts by William Holden, Thornton Wilder's original vision is lost.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

First off- take one of the most overdone plays in the history of HS theater. Second change the ending so that it's "happy" and thus ruin any semblance of meaning the play had.

Thirdly manage to make it even MORE unbearable than the stage show. Hence you have the "classic" movie of Our Town.

Stephanie Merchant

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