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Ons dorp (1940)

Our Town (original title)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (play), Thornton Wilder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... George Gibbs
Martha Scott ... Emily Webb
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Gibbs
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Webb
Thomas Mitchell ... Dr. Gibbs
Guy Kibbee ... Mr. Webb
Stuart Erwin ... Howie Newsome
Frank Craven ... Mr. Morgan
Doro Merande ... Mrs. Soames
Philip Wood Philip Wood ... Simon Stimson
Ruth Tobey Ruth Tobey ... Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
Douglas Gardner Douglas Gardner ... Wally Webb
Arthur B. Allen Arthur B. Allen ... Professor Willard (as Arthur Allen)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Ferguson
Spencer Charters ... Constable Warren
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Storyline

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. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I don't want to get married.....I'M AFRAID! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ons dorp See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Hypercube restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"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. See more »

Goofs

Emily keeps mentioning how bright the moon is and it is shown as a full moon. However, the establishing information date is June 7, 1901. On that date, the moon was in its last quarter and wouldn't even have been visible in the early evening. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Morgan: [Opening] The name of our town is Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. It's just cross the line from Massachusetts. Latitude is 42 degrees, 40 minutes. Longitude is 70 degrees, 37 minutes. Running right through the middle of the town is Main Street. Cutting across Main Street on the left is the railroad tracks. Beyond the railroad tracks is Polish Town. You know, foreign folks who come here to work in the mills or a couple of Canuck families, and the Catholic church. You can see the steeple on the ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Wonder Years: On the Spot (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Languid?
(1868)
Music "Stephanos" by Henry W. Baker (1868)
Greek words by Stephen of Mar Saba (Judea) (8th century)
Translated from Greek to English by John M. Neale (1862)
Played on an organ in church by Philip Wood and sung by the choir
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Sentimentality made lovely and even haunting...
17 November 2000 | by mrdaytonohSee all my reviews

This film, a Thornton Wilder play, is about how many of the unnoticed details of day-to-day life are sweet and, in fact, ARE life. The Aaron Copeland music sprinkled through the film is lovely and fits the mood perfectly. The contrived ending (not part of the stage play) does not help the film, but by no means does it ruin it, either.


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