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Our Town [1940]
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Director:Sam Wood
Writer:Frank Craven
Harry Chandlee
Thornton Wilder
Composer:Aaron Copland
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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  • Comedy
  • Family
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Synopsis: Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.


Reaction: Well told and charming. Very touching and moving at the end.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Sam Wood => Director
Frank Craven => Writer / Mr. Morgan / Stage Manager
Harry Chandlee => Writer
Thornton Wilder => Writer / Play
Aaron Copland => Composer
Arthur B. Allen => Professor Willard (as Arthur Allen)
Beulah Bondi => Mrs. Webb
Charles Trowbridge => Dr. Ferguson
Dan White => Wedding Guest Talking to Constable (uncredited)
Dix Davis => Joe Crowell
Doro Merande => Mrs. Soames
Douglas Gardner => Wally Webb
Fay Bainter => Mrs. Gibbs
Guy Kibbee => Mr. Webb
Martha Scott => Emily Webb
Philip Wood => Simon Stimson
Ruth Tobey => Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
Spencer Charters => Constable Warren
Stuart Erwin => Howie Newsome
Thomas Mitchell => Dr. Gibbs
Tim Davis => Si Crowell
Tom Drake => Best Man at Wedding (uncredited)
William Holden => George Gibbs

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Because the play was performed on nearly a bare stage and the main character dies in the end, the production was delayed several months due to the difficulty in translating it to the screen. Thornton Wilder and producer [?] Sol Lesser worked together closely to modify the play. No changes were made without Wilder's permission.
  • Martha Scott was not considered for the role of "Emily" at first, because of her poor screen test for the role of "Melanie" in Gone with the Wind, but she was chosen after much auditioning of other actresses.
  • Thornton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for the play the film is based on. The score for the film is by another Pulitzer Prize winner: Aaron Copland.
  • The poster advertising for this film made it sound as if it were a tense psychological melodrama about somewhat scandalous characters, which it most certainly wasn't.
  • "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 6, 1940 with William Holden and Martha Scott reprising their film roles.
  • Frank Craven who plays the Narrator also helped Thornton Wilder adapt his play for the screen.