Kings Row (1942)




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Movie Info

Ronald Reagan stars in Sam Wood's grim look at small-town life at the turn of the century and the romantic entanglements that arise there. Reagan plays Drake, a playboy whose love for childhood sweetheart Randy (Ann Sheridan) leads to tragedy. Equally tragic is the relationship between Parris (Robert Cummings) and Cassandra (Betty Field).

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Casey Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2006
Warner Home Video


as Drake McHugh

as Randy Monoghan

as Parris Mitchell

as Dr. Henry Gordon

as Cassandra Tower

as Dr. Alexander Tower

as Mrs. Harriet Gordon

as Louise Gordon

as Elise Sandor

as Mme. Von Eln

as Col. Skeffington

as Pa Monoghan

as Tom Monoghan

as Ann the Maid

as Sam Winters

as Randy, as a girl

as Dr. Berdoff

as Mr. Sandor

as Dr. Candell

as Randy as a Child

as Drake as a Child

as Parris as a Child

as Cassandra as a Child

as Louise as a Child

as Benny Singer

as Benny Singer

as Aunt Mamie

as Mrs. Tower

as Poppy Ross

as Ginny Ross

as Deputy Constable

as Freight Conductor

as Conductor

as Patterson Lewes

as Livery Stable Keeper

as Bill Hockinson

as Arnold Kelly

as Harley Davis

as Drake, as a boy

as Gordon's Maid

as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Kings Row

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film that made the future President Reagan a movie star.

Full Review… | February 26, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sam Wood's Oscar-nominated small-town tale is one of the darkest melodramas Hollywood made in the 1940s, full of neurotic personalities and perverse secrets.

Full Review… | December 19, 2006

Audience Reviews for Kings Row

Based on a dark, soapy bestselling novel, this is definitely one of Ronald Reagan's best performances, if not THE best. Like "Peyton Place", the original novel focused on the dark secrets underlying an outwardly nice, moral, family-oriented town. Unfortunately, unlike "Peyton Place," the subject matter had to be way watered down to get past the censors at the time this was made, leaving one of the key storylines - a doctor's incestuous relationship with his daughter - so vague that the first time I saw this film prior to reading the book, I didn't understand what was going on with that subplot. The other weird thing about this movie is that Kings Row manages to have not one, but TWO messed-up doctors: one's the aforementioned incest committer (played by Claude Rains) and the other (played by Charles Coburn) is a sadist who enjoys amputating limbs and wreaking vengeance on patients he doesn't like. Reagan plays "Drake", a dashing rich party-boy who falls victim to the sadistic doc but then manages to have a decent life thanks to the tender mercies of his childhood friend "Randy" (Ann Sheridan), the girl literally from the wrong side of the tracks. I thought Reagan and Sheridan pretty much carried the film, with the other main part, their friend "Parris" (Robert Cummings) finishing a very distant third. As someone else noted, the amputation theme was timely due to WWII even though this book is set in an earlier era. A decent soap opera for its time, but not quite as good as the book due to all the controversial (for then) issues that had to be presented very obliquely or left out entirely.. 5 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Good film could have been great with better male leads, the female stars are excellent though.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Reagan's leap to stardom through this? Well its okay. It's a bit too much like a soap opera but we have passable acting with neurotic folks throughout.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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