Our Town (May 24, 1940)
Released on May 24, 1940: The lives, loves and deaths of the folk in a small New Hampshire town.
Produced by Sol Lesser
Directed by Sam Wood
Written by Henry Chandlee, Frank Craven, and Thornton Wilder
The Actors: William Holden (George Gibbs), Martha Scott (Emily Webb), Fay Bainter (Mrs. Julia Gibbs), Beulah Bondi (Mrs. Myrtle Webb), Thomas Mitchell (Dr. Frank F. Gibbs), Guy Kibbee (Mr. Charlie Webb, newspaper editor), Stuart Erwin (Howie Newsome, the milk man), Frank Craven (Mr. Morgan, narrator story teller and drug store owner), Doro Merande (Mrs. Louella Soames), Philip Wood (Simon Stimson, church organist and choir director), Ruth Tobey (Rebecca Gibbs), Douglas Gardner (Wally Webb), Arthur B. Allen (Professor Willard), Charles Trowbridge (Dr. Ferguson), Spencer Charters (Constable Bill Warren), Dix Davis (Joe Crowell, newspaper delivery boy), Tim Davis (Si Crowell), Tom Drake (best man at the wedding), Dan White (wedding guest talking to the Constable)
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Living, Loving and Dying in New Hampshire
Do you treasure your memories above your ‘things’, or are you most proud of the ‘things’ that you have acquired? I have three ‘things’ that I treasure mightily. In a box in the cellar is a ceramic mug. Every morning of my youth I drank milk flavored with Nestle’s Quick chocolate power from that mug.
The day before my eighteenth birthday I packed all of my worldly possessions, including that mug, into the trunk of my car and left home for college and life as an adult, only returning home on holidays and special occasions. While saying goodbye to my father, he gave me a bit of cash that I’m certain was a huge amount to him, and he gave me two new in-the-box wrist watches. He explained that he had been given those watches as gifts in the past couple of years, and since his old watch was still working just fine, he thought that I might have more need of them than he would. Both of those watches are still in their original box in the cellar, and worth more to me than anything that a billionaire might own.
My father is long gone, and almost fifty years have passed since that day, but the memories will hopefully remain until my final breath. Most likely, someone will toss those watches and my breakfast mug into the garbage as they clean out my final home, because they will have no memories attached to those items.
This story celebrates the memories of people and events in a small New Hampshire town. There is no great crime adventure, or murder mystery, or even side-splitting humor, just memories of people living good lives in a small New Hampshire town, . . . . and one ghost.
I freely admit that although I have no memories of New Hampshire, I cried with joy at the memories that were skillfully shared about people in the movie that are just like you and just like me. I never met any of the actors in the story, but I recognized many of the characters that they portrayed. These folk lived and still live in small towns around the world today. You might just discover someone you know in this story, . . . Heck, you might even discover that YOU are in this story. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Beulah Bondi and Douglas Gardner
Dan White and Spencer Charters
Frank Craven and Arthur B. Allen
Guy Kibbee and Martha Scott
Martha Scott and Beulah Bondi
Martha Scott and William Holden
Thomas Mitchell and Fay Bainter
William Holden and Guy Kibbee
William Holden and Martha Scott
Martha Scott and William Holden