The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. The film is about three United States servicemen trying to piece their lives back together after coming home from World War II. Samuel Goldwyn was inspired to produce a film about veterans after reading an August 7, 1944 article in Time about the difficulties experienced by men returning to civilian life. Goldwyn hired former war correspondent MacKinlay Kantor to write a screenplay. His work was first published as a novella, Glory for Me, which Kantor wrote in blank verse. Robert Sherwood then adapted the novella as a screenplay.
Milly Stephenson: What do you think of the children?
Al Stephenson: Children? I don't recognize 'em. They've grown so old.
Milly Stephenson: I tried to stop them, to keep them just as they were when you left, but they got away from me.
Fred Derry: You know what it'll be, don't you, Peggy? It may take us years to get anywhere. We'll have no money, no decent place to live. We'll have to work, get kicked around.
(Mr. Thorpe has offered Derry a job as asst. floor manager and part-time soda jerk)
Fred Derry: At what salary?
Mr. Thorpe: Thirty-two fifty per week.
Fred Derry: Thirty-two fifty. I used to make over four hundred dollars a month in the Air Force.
Mr. Thorpe: The war is over, Derry.
|Release Date||21 November 1946|
|US Box Office||$24,000,000|
|Tagline||THE SCREEN'S GREATEST LOVE STORY IS THE BEST FILM THIS YEAR FROM HOLLYWOOD!|
|Genre||Drama, Romance, War|
|Filming Locations||Long Beach Airport - 4101 E. Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, California, USA|
|Color||Black and White|
|Film Class||Family Drama, Psychological Drama, Americana, Ensemble Film|
|Mood||Only Human, God and Country|
|Themes||Home From the War, Parenthood, Life on the Homefront, Small-Town Life, Haunted By the Past|
|Tones||Heartwarming, Poignant, Earnest, Compassionate, Nostalgic, Endearing, Sentimental, Lyrical, Atmospheric, Gentle|