How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

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Director: John Ford

Cast: John Ford, Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp

     
 

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Spanning 50 years, director John Ford's How Green Was My Valley revolves around the life of the Morgans, a Welsh mining family, as told through the eyes of its youngest child Huw (Roddy McDowall). Over the years, the family struggles to survive through unionization, strikes, and child abuse. As they do so, their hometown and its culture begins to slowly decline

Overview

Spanning 50 years, director John Ford's How Green Was My Valley revolves around the life of the Morgans, a Welsh mining family, as told through the eyes of its youngest child Huw (Roddy McDowall). Over the years, the family struggles to survive through unionization, strikes, and child abuse. As they do so, their hometown and its culture begins to slowly decline. Donald Crisp portrays Gwilym, the patriarch of the Morgan household, who dreams of a better life for young Huw. Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley won five Academy Awards in 1941, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Crisp), Best Art Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Picture (beating Citizen Kane). The book was later adapted into a 1975 BBC miniseries.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
How Green Was My Valley is fondly remembered by fans of director John Ford for its loving recreation of a Welsh coal mining village. Spanning some fifty years in the life of its protagonist, the film presents an often poignant portrait of the good and bad of small town life. At the center of the story is the dehumanization brought by increasing technology; the scenes in which more efficient machinery makes some of the mines' best workers unneeded and unemployed remain relevant to today's audiences and our environment of shifting corporations and uncertain security. Ford scholars differ on where to rank How Green Was My Valley -- indeed there is no clear consensus on what film critics and historians consider to be Ford's greatest -- but it was a popular choice as the best film of 1941, winning five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
UPC:
0024543060734
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
8,663

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Anna Lee Nathan and film historian Joseph McBride; AMC Backstory episode: "How Green Was My Valley"; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Full frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English Stereo, English Mono, French Mono, Spanish Mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Pidgeon Mr. Gruffydd
Maureen O'Hara Angharad Morgan
Donald Crisp Mr. Morgan
Roddy McDowall Huw Morgan
Barry Fitzgerald Cyfartha
Anna Lee Bronwyn
John Loder Ianto Morgan
Sara Allgood Mrs. Beth Morgan
Patric Knowles Ivor Morgan
Welsh Singers Singer
Morton Lowry Mr. Jonas
Arthur Shields Mr. Parry
Frederic Worlock Dr. Richards
Richard Fraser Davy Morgan
Evan S. Evans Young Gwilym Morgan
James Monks Owen Morgan
Rhys Williams DaiBando
Clifford Severn Mervyn
Lionel Pape Mr. Evans
Ethel Griffies Mrs. Nicholas
Dennis Hoey Motschell
Marten Lamont Jestyn Evans
Eve March Meillyn Lewis
Tudor Williams Singer
Mary Gordon Bit Woman
Ann E. Todd Ceinwen
Irving Pichel Narrator
Ruth Clifford Actor
Minta Durfee Actor
Herbert Evans Postman
Mary Field Eve
Pauline Garon Actor
Gibson Gowland Actor
Ben Hall Actor
Louis Jean Heydt Miner
Mae Marsh Miners' Wife
Una O'Connor Actor
Tiny Jones Shopkeeper
J.M. Kerrigan Tailor

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
James B. Clark Editor
Richard Day Art Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Nathan Juran Art Director
Joseph La Shelle Camera Operator
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Edward O'Fearna Asst. Director
Guy Pearce Makeup
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:03]
2. The Valley in Happy Times [6:41]
3. The Village Gets a New Preacher [4:03]
4. Hard Times and a Strike [3:21]
5. Joy Returns to the Morgan Home [1:41]
6. Life in the Valley Begins to Change [5:27]
7. Angharad Gets Married [6:54]
8. Huw Goes to School [3:24]
9. Huw Becomes a Miner [3:48]
10. Scandal and Tragedy Strike the Valley [5:55]

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How Green Was My Valley 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Family values and ties, loyalty, personal and intectual growth and the desire and effort to do better. Everyperson's dream. I will go from the valley now... A must for every parent to pass to their child. The only thing better is, well... the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a story about this family's values, its strength, and closeness, and yet, a poignant demonstration of letting them go. I loved, and cried. So happy to own this for the incredible performances by all, and the pure entertainment it provides. Inspirational!
chrisanthe More than 1 year ago
I knew before I purchased this movie as a gift to a friend, how good it was, but he had never seen it, and his review is that "it's an excellant movie". He liked the cast and the story line. He also thought it is so refreshing in this day and age to see the movies that are clean, and have lessons to be learned. I knew he would love it as I did. Great movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just bought this current dvd release. On the jacket, the sound isn listed as ''English Stereo''. As in the last VHS release the 1941 mult-track studio sessions were remixed with the dialog, doing justice to this notable score. Pretty effective!
RockieinLA More than 1 year ago
How Green Was My Valley tells the story of the Morgans, a family living in a small Welsh mining village in the 1930s. Father Gwilym (Donald Crisp) and his older sons work in the coal mines, as do nearly all the men of the village. Younger son Huw (Roddy McDowall) dreams of books and school and a life outside the coal mines, a dream his family shares for him. Daughter Anharad dreams of a life and a family with the man she loves, not a coal miner, but the local minister (Walter Pidgeon). While the minister shares Anharad's love, he is torn between his devotion to his congregation and his devotion to her. Through the years, the Morgans experience changing fortunes, from bright happy days to dark and dreary ones and back again. Through it all, their hopes, dreams, and love for family and friends sustain them. The scenery is intensely moving, and the soundtrack includes the hauntingly beautiful strains of Welsh voices, lifted in melodies of faith and strength, as only the Welsh can sing. Roddy McDowall never looked sweeter and more innocent, and Maureen O'Hara never looked lovelier. This is a classic film, a story that will haunt and inspire, a winner of 5 Academy Awards, and definitely "an essential" for the fan of Classic Hollywood!
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