Green Years

The Green Years

Director: Victor Saville

Cast: Charles Coburn, Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler

     
 

The Green Years was an important rung in the career of child actor Dean Stockwell. He stars as a morose young Irish lad, raised by ultra-strict Scottish relatives of his late mother. He is drawn out of his shell by roguish great-grandfather Charles Coburn. In time, Stockwell grows up to be Tom Drake, and Coburn is still around to keep things lively. Adapted…  See more details below

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The Green Years was an important rung in the career of child actor Dean Stockwell. He stars as a morose young Irish lad, raised by ultra-strict Scottish relatives of his late mother. He is drawn out of his shell by roguish great-grandfather Charles Coburn. In time, Stockwell grows up to be Tom Drake, and Coburn is still around to keep things lively. Adapted from a best-selling novel by A.J. Cronin, The Green Years is entertaining on several unexpected levels, from the thick Scots and Irish brogues of the largely American cast, to the odd pairing of husband and wife actors Hume Cronyn (age 35) and Jessica Tandy (age 37), here playing father and daughter.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
If one can put aside a few terribly inexpert accents, The Green Years can be readily enjoyed as a very effective sentimental coming-of-age tale. Years is one of the few novels that can be said to have had a truly faithful translation to the screen; although some thing have inevitably had to be cut in order to keep the film at a reasonable running time, it is surprisingly true to its source material. That actually is a part of the problem; at times, the film follows the book so closely that it feels stifled. It hasn't been allowed the freedom to find itself cinematically, and while this in no way makes it a bad film, it does lessen its impact a bit. It's also true that many of the situations encountered are very familiar to most audiences, which also works slightly against it. But on the whole, the warmth of the piece overcomes these little stumbling blocks. Besides, whatever failings its screenplay may have are more than made up for by the delicious camaraderie between Charles Coburn and Dean Stockwell, both of whom are excellent and who give the film a very special spark. Although Tom Drake is a bit of a letdown and Hume Cronyn goes a bit too far, there are some lovely performances from Gladys Cooper, Jessica Tandy and Richard Haydn to make up for it. Under Victor Saville's sensitive direction, Years is a small pleasure of a film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2011
UPC:
0883316396605
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
7,272

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Coburn Alexander "Dandy" Gow
Tom Drake Robert Shannon
Beverly Tyler Alison Keith
Hume Cronyn Papa Leckie
Gladys Cooper Grandma Leckie
Dean Stockwell Robert Shannon, 8 years
Jessica Tandy Kate leckie
Selena Royle Mama Leckie
Richard Haydn Jason Reid
Andy Clyde Saddler Boag
Norman Lloyd Adam Leckie
Robert North Murdoch Leckie
Wallace Ford Jamie Nigg
Eilene Janssen Alison Keith as a Child
Hank Daniels Gavin Blair
Richard Lyon Gavin Blair as a Child
Henry O'Neill Canon Roche
Henry Stephenson Blakely
Norma Varden Mrs. Bosomley
Gloria Gordon Actor

Technical Credits
Victor Saville Director
Robert Ardrey Screenwriter
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Leon Gordon Producer
Donald Jahraus Special Effects
Robert J. Kern Editor
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
Hans Peters Art Director
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer

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