Our Town 1940

Our Town

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For the residents of Grover's Corners, daily life proceeds at a predictable pace. The milkman (Stuart Erwin) arrives like clockwork, the neighbors perpetually gossip about nothing and children contemplate their future. Two of these children, George (William Holden) and Emily (Martha Scott), fall in love as adults and, despite last-minute nerves, get married. Their happiness does not last, however, as Emily dies during the birth of a child. Returning as a ghost, she ponders her existence.

Cast & Crew

William Holden
George Gibbs
Martha Scott
Emily Webb
Frank Craven
Stage Manager, Mr. Morgan
Fay Bainter
Mrs. Gibbs
Thomas Mitchell
Dr. Gibbs
Stu Erwin
Howie Newsome
Sam Wood
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Critic Reviews for Our Town

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Audience Reviews for Our Town

  • Oct 15, 2018
    In these days of "Make America Great Again" it's eye-opening to reflect that in 1940 Thornton Wilder won a Pulitzer ruminating on exactly the same premise (perhaps proving that society will always imagine that it's best days are behind it while incapable to see ahead). The good ol' days dwelt on herein are the turn-of-the-last-century. What's good about that, you may ask? Well, for one, a dog could sleep in the middle of Main Street all day and not be disturbed, the film suggests. An all star cast of character actors fill in the slots of homey, homespun, saccharine goodness while William Holden does his best shy and awkward.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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

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