These Wilder Years

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A rich and powerful but lonely steel magnate (James Cagney) embarks upon a search for the son he fathered years before. Obsessed only with furthering his career, he never married the mother and she gave the baby up for adoption. He goes to the woman who runs the adoption agency (Barbara Stanwyck) and asks to see his son's records, but she, not wanting to violate the young man's right to privacy, refuses to show him. Though both the tycoon and the caseworker are attracted to each other, matters turn ugly when he decides to fight the issue out in court.

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James Cagney
as Steve Bradford
Barbara Stanwyck
as Ann Dempster
Walter Pidgeon
as James Rayburn
Edward Andrews
as Mr. Spottsford
Grandon Rhodes
as Roy Oliphant
Will Wright
as Old Cab Driver
Lewis Martin
as Dr. Miller
Dorothy Adams
as Aunt Martha
Dean Jones
as Hardware Clerk
Herb Vigran
as Traffic Cop
Ruth Lee
as Miss Finch
Matt Moore
as Gateman
Jack Kenney
as Chauffeur
Harry Tyler
as Doorman
Luana Lee
as Stenographer
John Maxwell
as Board of Director
Emmett Vogan
as Board of Director
Charles Evans
as Board of Director
Michael Landon
as Boy in Poolroom
Leon Tyler
as Student Secretary
Sid Tomack
as Jess, the Bartender
Russ Whitney
as Hotel Clerk
Audrey Swanson
as Saleslady
Jimmy Hayes
as Young Reporter
Tom Laughlin
as Football player
Bob Alden
as Bellhop
James Ogg
as Ad Lib Boy
Nesdon Booth
as Pool Room Proprietor
Marc Platt
as Mr. Callahan
Mary Lawrence
as Mrs. Callahan
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Spottsford's Secretary
Charles Herbert
as Small Boy
Burt Mustin
as Old Man
Bruce Irwin
as Two-Year-Old Boy
Billy Wayne
as Bowling Alley Manager
Lillian Powell
as Proprietress
Ralph Neff
as Lady Bartender
Lois Kimbrell
as Secretary
Frank Connor
as Court Clerk
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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.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer

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