Our Vines Have Tender Grapes


Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

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An earnest rural melodrama set among Norwegian immigrants in Wisconsin, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes is a slightly updated version of George Victor Martin's 1940 novel. Edward G. Robinson stars as Martinius Jacobson, a farmer devoted to his wife Bruna (Agnes Moorehead) and precocious seven-year-old daughter Selma (Margaret O'Brien), whom he lovingly calls "Jente Mi." Along with her freckle-faced five-year-old cousin, Arnold (Jackie "Butch" Jenkins), Selma lives a carefree, joyous life, which is only temporarily clouded by the sudden death of Ingeborg Jensen (Dorothy Morris), an emotionally disturbed young women whose stern father (Charles Middleton) had refused to let her attend school despite the pleas of newly arrived schoolmarm Viola Johnson (Frances Gifford). The latter is quietly falling in love with Nels Halvorson (James Craig), the town newspaper editor, but cannot envision herself as a rural wife. She changes her mind when, inspired by young Selma, the entire town of Fuller Junction come to the aid of Bjorn Bjornson (Morris Carnovsky), who has lost his livestock when lightning struck a newly erected barn. When Selma generously donates her pet calf to the impoverished farmer, the townspeople in general, and Martinius in particular, follow suit, prompting Viola to reconsider her harsh views of country life and retract her letter of resignation to the school board.


Edward G. Robinson
as Martinus Jacobson
Margaret O'Brien
as Selma Jacobson
James Craig
as Nels Halverson
Agnes Moorehead
as Bruna Jacobson
Butch Jenkins
as Arnold Hanson
Morris Carnovsky
as Bjorn Bjornson
Frances Gifford
as Viola Johnson
Sara Haden
as Mrs. Bjornson
Louis Jean Heydt
as Mr. Faraassen
Greta Granstedt
as Mrs. Faraassen
Arthur Space
as Mr. Peter Hanson
Elizabeth Russell
as Kola Hanson
Dorothy Morris
as Ingeborg Jensen
Arthur Hohl
as Dvar Svenson
John Berkes
as Circus Driver
Rhoda Williams
as Marguerite Larsen
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  • Oct 03, 2014
    Syrupy goings on with a nice message but it's presented in such a sticky way it's hard to take. Butch Jenkins plays an odious little brat and Margaret O'Brien is too precious for words.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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