These Wilder Years 1956 NR CC

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A middle-aged tycoon (James Cagney) returns to his hometown after 20 years in search of his illegitimate son in this powerful tale of loss and regret costarring Barbara Stanwyck.

Starring:
James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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These Wilder Years

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Genres Drama
Director Roy Rowland
Starring James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck
Supporting actors Walter Pidgeon, Betty Lou Keim, Don Dubbins, Edward Andrews, Basil Ruysdael, Grandon Rhodes, Will Wright, Lewis Martin, Dorothy Adams, Dean Jones, Herb Vigran, Bob Alden, Byron Amidon, Margaret Bert, Nesdon Booth, Don Burnett, Frank Connor, Charles Evans
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This a beautifully crafted film.
Richard Howlin
Cagney and Stanwyck at their very best; this film should be far more widely-known than it is.
Adele Winston
The plot was well thought of and well written.
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When something works well, sometimes it's hard to point out exactly why. In this case, of course, we have two famous stars at the top of their form, and an exceptional supporting cast that is given much deserved close-up photography of their wonderful character work. Such as the lawyers, the doctors, the cabdrivers, and the sister played by Dorothy Adams. Except for actor Dean Jones whose
excellent work was filmed from across the room, bless him, and whose profile thus isn't recognizable but will be in other films. Walter Pidgeon as the heavyweight lawyer in a very impressive pinstripe suit is a joy to listen to, with that heavyweight voice.

Issues in the story are clearly stated.

The story is suspenseful in its own way, and I for one am glad to see Mr. Cagney portray, not a gangster, but someone who deliberately missed an opportunity to be a dad. Some subtle stuff here

Nice photography of the young lady, Betty Lou Keim, who makes her film debut in this one, nice graceful work on her part, so believable. What happened to this actress ? Other films?

Miss Stanwyck is a classic star. She tells the story oftentimes with "just one look." She has a classically mesmerizing face,if one may say so, very mobile. She gives us "portraits" of the character she portrays. Also, lots of skill in moving in front of the camera. Regarding "is the story written to show off Mr. Cagney" , often a story pivots on excellence in a role that is small or smaller than. As here.

So, fix yourself a nice cup of tea and settle back for some value, strength, strong character, and lots of art.

Great art is the art that conceals how it's done. Enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Howlin on July 23, 2014
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This a beautifully crafted film. The two stars shine, Standwyck in particular, is amazing in her role as a wise and empathetic adoption caregiver.The basic plot is centered around Cagney's character (now a millionaire) searching for his lost son. Yet, what made this film powerful is the poignant emerging subplot that has it's climax toward the end of the film. A brief but powerful scene.which shows Cagney at his best: emotional and beautifully vulnerable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2014
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THESE WILDER YEARS (1956) is an MGM drama with Jimmy Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Pidgeon and Edward Andrews
(if you don't know the name he's a familiar character actor). Dean Jones has a hardware store clerk cameo.

The most interesting uncrediteds are (in his movie debut) Michael Landon (poolhall boy)
also Tom Laughlin (football player), better known to us as BILLY JACK.

The plot's fairly straightforward.
Cagney's a very successful industrialist who regrets something he did 20 years earlier: not accepting responsibility for a girlfriend's pregnancy. He walked away, she gave their son up for adoption, and now all these years later Jimmy wants to finally meet his only child. Preventing this reunion is Stanwyck, a social worker who's determined that the lives of the son and his foster parents will not be disrupted by Cagney.

An important subplot (one that we can see the denouement of well in advance) involves a young
lady, an unwed mother-to-be, who will soon give birth and turn her child over to the State.

There's a hearing before a judge that turns nasty and an anticipated sad finale.
It's a really good late career film for Jimmy.

Currently rated 6.8 at IMDb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NHMovieLover on February 16, 2014
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I have to say I am a fan of both James Cagney and Barbara Stanwyck. When I happened to see that they made a movie together, I figure how could I go wrong? Well I was right. this movie was fantastic. The plot was well thought of and well written. Then put two power houses like Cagney and Stanwyck together and you have a great entertainment for sure. Cagney plays a wealthy man who has almost everything. the one thing he lacks is the child he fathered when he was in high school that was given up for adoption. Now that he has all the money in the world, he decides he wants to track down his long lost child. He meets up with Ms Stanwyck who plays the head of the adoption agency and the battle begins. A great story with a wonderful ending.......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bryant on July 23, 2014
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Love this movie. Standwyck is so believable in this roll. Cagney was too. It is a no 1 picture for me.
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Amazing movie it's about James Cagney he plays a man who looking for his son that was adopted over 20years ago and want him to get to know him.He's a rich man and wanted to leave to his son but the place were he finds that adoption he makes friends with a young girl that was going to give up her baby up cause she was 16 years old that's not the only reason the girl really wanted to keep her child but she felt that she had no means to take care the baby.James really care for the girl and got to know the girl and knew that she didn't really want to have to give her child up.While he was going to court to find out that he would get what he wanted.He lives the court he walked to a place and his son walks in to meet him.He talked to him.And felt James goes to the place where he was staying to find out the girl was hit by a car accident but she was asking for him the doctor told her that she would die if she wouldn't have the operation James talk her into it.Everything was fine after.She had a boy named it after him.He took her with him.Happy ending.
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