Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Director: Roy Rowland Cast: Edward G. Robinson, James Craig, Frances Gifford

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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An earnest rural melodrama set among Norwegian immigrants in Wisconsin, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes is a slightly updated version of George Victor Martin's 1940 novel. Edward G. Robinson stars as Martinius Jacobson, a farmer devoted to his wife Bruna (Agnes Moorehead) and precocious seven-year-old daughter Selma (Margaret O'Brien), whom he lovingly calls "Jente Mi." Along with her freckle-faced five-year-old cousin, Arnold (Jackie "Butch" Jenkins), Selma lives a carefree, joyous life, which is only temporarily clouded by the sudden death of Ingeborg Jensen (Dorothy Morris), an emotionally disturbed young women whose stern father (Charles Middleton) had refused to let her attend school despite the pleas of newly arrived schoolmarm Viola Johnson (Frances Gifford). The latter is quietly falling in love with Nels Halvorson (James Craig), the town newspaper editor, but cannot envision herself as a rural wife. She changes her mind when, inspired by young Selma, the entire town of Fuller Junction come to the aid of Bjorn Bjornson (Morris Carnovsky), who has lost his livestock when lightning struck a newly erected barn. When Selma generously donates her pet calf to the impoverished farmer, the townspeople in general, and Martinius in particular, follow suit, prompting Viola to reconsider her harsh views of country life and retract her letter of resignation to the school board.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2009
UPC: 0883316221549
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 20,539

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Martinius Jacobson
James Craig Nels Halverson
Frances Gifford Viola Johnson
Agnes Moorehead Bruna Jacobson
Morris Carnovsky Bjorn Bjornson
Butch Jenkins Arnold Hanson
Sara Haden Mrs. Bjornson
Greta Granstedt Mrs. Faraasen
Dorothy Morris Ingeborg Jensen
Arthur Space Mr. Peter Hanson
Elizabeth Russell Kola Hanson
Louis Jean Heydt Mr. Faraasen
Charles B. Middleton Kurt Jensen
Arthur Hohl Dvar Svenson
John Berkes Circus Driver
George Lloyd Farmer
Margaret O'Brien Selma Jacobson
Francis Pierlot Minister
Abigail Adams Girl
Rhoda Williams Marguerite Larsen

Technical Credits
Roy Rowland Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Daniel Hall Special Effects
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Robert Sisk Producer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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