Our Very Own (1950)





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A young woman learns she is adopted and begins looking for her birth parents in this melodrama. She succeeds in her search, but finds that her mother did not really want to meet her. This causes the girl to appreciate how lucky she is to have loving adoptive parents. She shares this insight in her speech at her high school graduation.
Classics , Drama
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Samuel Goldwyn Company


Ann Blyth
as Gail Macaulay
Jane Wyatt
as Mrs. Fred (Lois) Macaulay
Joan Evans
as Joan Macaulay
Donald Cook
as Fred Macaulay
Ann Dvorak
as Mrs. Lynch
Jessie Grayson
as Violet Cook
Rita Hamilton
as Gwendolyn
Ray Teal
as Mr. Lynch
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Cast: Ann Blyth, Ann Dvorak, Joan Evans, Farley Granger, Natalie Wood, Phyllis Kirk, Gus Schilling, Jane Wyatt, Donald Cook Director: David Miller Summary: Joyfully preparing for her high-school graduation, and her 18th birthday, Gail Mccauley stumbles across a family secret. Contrary to what she's been raised to believe, Gail's parents are not her biological parents; she was adopted. My Thoughts: "Loved the movie. I felt awful for the way Gail finds out. No one should find out that kind of news in that particular way. Her sister Joan is so jealous and catty. She's definitely the mean girl in the movie. But you see how awful she feels in the aftermath of her temper tantrum. You also feel a little resentment towards Gail for how she treats her adopted parents even though she is justified in her feelings. Great classic."


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A little late night channel surfing lead me to this Gem of a Film about the true meaning of Family.1st I must get out of the way that I was surprised & excited to see a very young beloved Fave Actress of mine, Natalie wood, as a very annoyingly precocious little sister, age 8 or 9 & quite lovely to look at already!!! This Movie was important in the way that it tackled a subject that is still tricky today ~Adoption. Gail(Ann Blyth) is turning 18, graduating at the Top of her Class,very Beautiful, the perfect Daughter, & has a Handsome Hunky Boyfiend (Farley Granger), that her, jealous of her in every way,Sister (Joan Evans) covets.Joan stumbles upon her sisters Adoption Papers, a secret the Parents (Jane Wyatt of Fathers Knows Best Fame, & Donald Cook)had never revealed.In a moment that jealousy & Envy overtook Jane, she blurts out to Gail that she(Gail) is adopted, just to hurt her.Gail is thrown into a whirlwind of emotions & resentments.She meets her real life Mother, an experience that disappoints her.It is not till her Graduation Day, that she absorbs/appreciates the privileged life that she has been provided with such love, that she realizes that Family doesn't necessarily mean that you share the same blood type.This film was the 1st of it's kind to show a Family Blended By Love & Adoption.Lovely & Timeless

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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