These Wilder Years

1956, Drama, 1h 31m

2 Reviews 50+ Ratings

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The wealthy yet unfulfilled Steve Bradford (James Cagney) decides it's time to atone for a troubling event. He returns to his old college town, where in his younger days he gave up for adoption a child he fathered out of wedlock. He goes to the local orphanage searching for clues and meets Ann Dempster (Barbara Stanwyck), who runs the agency. Though they are drawn to one another, Ann refuses to release any information to Steve. So out of desperation he takes legal action against her.

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  • Feb 23, 2018
    Much as I adore both Barbara Stanwyck and James Cagney, this film is a real snooze, and one to miss. Director Roy Rowland drags scenes out interminably, and the overall tone of the film is far too sedate. Stanwyck and Cagney are for the most part pretty wooden, and when they do try to breathe life into their lines, it's with little effect. The film lacks any real emotional punch, with the exception of one scene relatively late, when the young man walks away from Cagney down the street, one of the few I really liked. Otherwise it feels like a bad made for TV movie, cheesy music and all. It's a bit of shame, since this film has the distinction that it was the only time Stanwyck and Cagney appeared together.
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