Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1942. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, based on the book by Jan Struther. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Produced by Sidney Franklin, William Wyler. Music by Herbert Stothart. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Academy Awards 1942.
1942’s Best Picture winner hasn’t aged very well, coming off more as corny war propaganda than important drama now, but it still has its heart in the right place. Greer Garson plays a British woman during World War II trying to keep house and home together while waiting for the men to come home. Lots of moving (and completely manipulative) moments will get you into it, but it’s no unbeatable classic. Great acting, though, especially Garson and Teresa Wright as her daughter-in-law.