How Green Was My Valley Movie Review 1941

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Compelling story of the trials and tribulations of a Welsh mining family, from the youthful perspective of the youngest child (played by a 13-year-old McDowall). Spans 50 years, from the turn of the century, when coal mining was a difficult but fair-paying way of life, and ends, after unionization, strikes, deaths, and child abuse, with the demise of a town and its culture. Considered by many to be director Ford's finest work. When WWII prevented shooting on location, producer Zanuck built a facsimile Welsh valley in California (although Ford, born Sean Aloysius O'Fearna, was said to have been thinking of his story as taking place in Ireland rather than Wales). Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Miners & Mining, Family Ties, Great Britain, Childhood Visions, 4 Bones
Philip Dunne
Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, Roddy McDowall, John Loder, Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, Rhys Williams, Arthur Shields, Ann E. Todd, Mae Marsh
Arthur C. Miller
John Ford
Alfred Newman
Irving Pichel


Oscars 1941: B&W Cinematog., Director (Ford), Picture, Support. Actor (Crisp), Natl. Film Reg. 1990;; N.Y. Film Critics 1941: Director (Ford).

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