The Corn Is Green (1945)

IRVING RAPPER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , , based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1945.

Bette Davis in The Corn is Green

This fully vibrant adaptation of Emlyn Williams’ successful stage play is at its best in its first half, watching  sweep into a tiny town in the Welsh countryside and take over with her new world ideas.    co-stars as a miner who turns out to be quite gifted in scholastic abilities, whom Davis pushes to reach for the stars academically. The second half of the film, which concerns itself with Dall’s trying for Oxford and dealing with a few ‘domestic’ problems, isn’t as invigorating as the first, but on the whole it’s a beautiful experience of a film.  Remade as a telefilm in 1979 with Katharine Hepburn and directed by George Cukor.

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