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Our Town

1940

Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a play of the same name by Thornton Wilder starring William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee and Frank Craven. It was adapted by Harry Chandlee, Craven and Wilder. It was directed by Sam Wood. The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Scott, who repeated her stage role as Emily Webb, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Aaron Copland was nominated for Best Score. This film is in the public domain.


Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a Play (theatre) of the Our Town by Thornton Wilder starring Martha Scott as Emily Webb, and William Holden as George Gibbs. The cast also included Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell (actor), Guy Kibbee and Frank Craven. It was adapted by Harry Chandlee, Craven and Wilder, and directed by Sam Wood.
The film was a faithful reproduction of the play except for two significant changes: the film used scenery, whereas the play had not; the events of the third act, which in the play revolve around the death of one of the main characters, were turned into a dream from which Emily awakens — she is then able to resume a normal life. Producer Sol Lesser worked with Wilder in creating these changes.
A radio adaptation of the film on Lux Radio Theater on May 6, 1940, used the altered film ending.
The U.S. copyright of the film was not renewed after its first term expired in 1968. However, because it is a derivative work from a play that is still under U.S. copyright, it is not deemed to be in the public domain.

Cast

  • William Holden - George Gibbs
  • Martha Scott - Emily Webb
  • Fay Bainter - Mrs. Julia Gibbs
  • Dix Davis- Joe Crowell Jr.
  • Beulah Bondi - Mrs. Myrtle Webb
  • Thomas Mitchell (actor) - Dr. Frank F. Gibbs
  • Guy Kibbee - Mr. Charles Webb
  • Tim Davis (actor) - Si Crowell
  • Stuart Erwin - Howie Newsome
  • Frank Craven - Stage Manager
  • Doro Merande - Mrs. Louella Soames
  • Philip Wood - Simon Stimson
  • Ruth Tobey - Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
  • Douglas Gardner (actor) - Wally Webb
  • Arthur B. Allen - Prof. Willard (as Arthur Allen)
  • Charles Trowbridge - Rev. Dr. Ferguson
  • Spencer Charters - Const. Bill Warren

Awards

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.< name="NY Times"></> Scott, who repeated her stage role as Emily Webb, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Aaron Copland was nominated for Academy Award for Original Music Score and Thomas T. Moulton was nominated for Academy Award for Best Sound.< name="Oscars1941"></>





Category:1940 films
Category:1940s drama films
Category:American drama films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films based on plays
Category:Films directed by Sam Wood
Category:Films set in New Hampshire
Category:Films shot in New Hampshire
Category:United Artists films
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