The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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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 readjusting to civilian life 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.

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Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (source: imdb.com)

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Milly Stephenson

Al Stephenson

Fred Derry

Peggy Stephenson

Marie Derry

Wilma Cameron

Butch Engle

Homer Parrish

Hortense Derry

Pat Derry

Mr. Milton

Mrs. Parrish

Mr. Parrish

Mrs. Cameron

Mr. Cameron

Marlene Aames
Luella Parrish

Mr. Mollett

Howland Chamberlain
Thorpe

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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.


(last lines)
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.


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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) - Official Movie Trailer

Release Date21 November 1946
Budget$2,000,000
US Box Office$24,000,000
TaglineTHE SCREEN'S GREATEST LOVE STORY IS THE BEST FILM THIS YEAR FROM HOLLYWOOD!
GenreDrama, Romance, War
CountryUSA
Filming LocationsLong Beach Airport - 4101 E. Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, California, USA
LanguageEnglish
Sound MixMono
ColorBlack and White
Film TypeFeature
Film ClassFamily Drama, Psychological Drama, Americana, Ensemble Film
Niche GenreEpic
MoodOnly Human, God and Country
ThemesHome From the War, Parenthood, Life on the Homefront, Small-Town Life, Haunted By the Past
TonesHeartwarming, Poignant, Earnest, Compassionate, Nostalgic, Endearing, Sentimental, Lyrical, Atmospheric, Gentle

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