The Late George Apley

Overview

Based on John P. Marquand's Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical novel of the same title, this film stars Ronald Colman as George Apley, a Beantown blueblood passionately in love with his hometown. In his mind, Boston is the world's center of modern civilization and gentility and he has made it very clear that his son and daughter are to remain there for their entire lives and only associate with native Bostonians. Imagine poor Apley's horror, then, when his Harvard-student son falls in love with a Worcester girl and...
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Overview

Based on John P. Marquand's Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical novel of the same title, this film stars Ronald Colman as George Apley, a Beantown blueblood passionately in love with his hometown. In his mind, Boston is the world's center of modern civilization and gentility and he has made it very clear that his son and daughter are to remain there for their entire lives and only associate with native Bostonians. Imagine poor Apley's horror, then, when his Harvard-student son falls in love with a Worcester girl and his daughter falls in love with a Yale student.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By the time The Late George Apley made it to the screen -- after first being adapted to the Broadway stage -- a great deal of the detail and complexity of the title character of John P. Marquand's novel had been left out. While not exactly a caricature, Apley in the film version has become a bit softer and fuzzier, and as a result, the film loses a great deal of its dramatic power. This is especially apparent in the tacked-on and inappropriate happy ending, which negates a great deal of what has gone before. Things are not helped by Ronald Colman; while the actor's performance is a lot of fun, he's not really the right type for Apley. This is also the problem with Peggy Cummins, a capable performer who simply shouldn't have been cast as the daughter. Fortunately, the rest of the cast is much better suited to their roles, with Richard Haydn a wonderful butt of many jokes and Percy Waram stealing his scenes with his amusing cynicism. Overall, Apley is modestly engaging, a minor but amusing effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2012
  • UPC: 024543857150
  • Original Release: 1947
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,508

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Colman George Apley
Edna Best Catherine Apley
David Bond Manager of Modiste Shop
Clifford Brooke Charles
Vanessa Brown Agnes
Peggy Cummins Eleanor Apley
Helen Freeman Lydia
Paul Harvey Julian Dole
Richard Haydn Horatio Willing
Kathleen Howard Margaret
Therese Lyon Chestnut Vendor
William Moran Henry Apley
Pat Moriarity Policeman
Mildred Natwick Amelia Newcombe
Ottola Nesmith Madame at Modiste Shop
Richard Ney John Apley
Francis Pierlot Wilson
Charles Russell Howard Boulder
Percy Waram Roger Newcombe
Nydia Westman Jane Willing
Diana Douglas Sarah
Stuart Hall Gentleman
Mae Marsh Maid
Richard Shaw Man
Wyndham Standing
Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
James Basevi Art Director
James B. Clark Editor
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Rene Hubert Art Director, Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Russell J. Spencer Art Director
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