How Green Was My Valley
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How Green Was My Valley

118 min
Drama | Family
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John Ford
Won 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1942-04-09
Filming Locations: 20th Century Fox Ranch, Malibu Creek State Park - 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California, USA
Budget: $1,250,000
Gross: $6,000,000 (USA) ( January 1943)
Walter Pidgeon
Mr. Gruffydd
Maureen O'Hara
Anna Lee
Donald Crisp
Mr. Morgan
Roddy McDowall
John Loder
Sara Allgood
Mrs. Morgan
Barry Fitzgerald
Patric Knowles
Welsh Singers
Morton Lowry
Mr. Jonas
Arthur Shields
Mr. Parry
Ann E. Todd
Frederick Worlock
Dr. Richards
Richard Fraser
Evan S. Evans
James Monks
Rhys Williams
Dai Bando
Lionel Pape
Ethel Griffies
Mrs. Nicholas
Marten Lamont
Iestyn Evans
Stewart Bair
Minor Role
Frank Baker
Robert Bradford
Bit Part (uncredited)
Cyril Clare
Minor Role
Leonard Clare
Minor Role
Ruth Clifford
Village Woman (uncredited)
Phillip Dare
Bit Part (uncredited)
Edward Davies
Bit Part (uncredited)
Helen Davies
Minor Role
Minta Durfee
Bit Part (uncredited)
Herbert Evans
Postman (uncredited)
Mary Field
Eve (uncredited)
Pauline Garon
Bit Part (uncredited)
Mary Gordon
Gossiper (uncredited)
Gibson Gowland
Bit Part (uncredited)
Jack Griffiths
Minor Role
Ben Hall
Bit Part (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt
Miner (uncredited)
Gwilym Isaac
Minor Role
Ellis James
Minor Role
Alice A. Jones
Minor Role
Arvonia Jones
Minor Role
David Jones
Minor Role
Emlyn Jones
Minor Role
Howell A. Jones
Minor Role
Joseph T. Jones
Minor Role
Tiny Jones
Mrs. Tossel (uncredited)
Will Lewis
Minor Role
Eve March
Meillyn Lewis
Mae Marsh
Miner's Wife (uncredited)
Anne McCullough
Minor Role
Harry McKim
Child (uncredited)
Lydia McKim
Child (uncredited)
Peggy McKim
Child (uncredited)
Gomer Morgan
Minor Role
Jack Owen
Minor Role
Jack Pennick
Mine Superintendent (uncredited)
Irving Pichel
Huw Morgan as an Adult
Arthur Pritchard
Bit Part (uncredited)
David J. Reed
Minor Role
Caradac Rees
Minor Role
Lewis Rees
Minor Role
Clifford Severn
Mervyn (uncredited)
Hugh Thomas
Minor Role
John C. Thomas
Minor Role
Owen Thomas
Minor Role
Allan Watson
Bit Part (uncredited)
Jan Williams
Bit Part (uncredited)
Reese Williams
Minor Role
Robert Williams
Minor Role
Tudor Williams
Singer (uncredited)
Did you know?
Alexander Knox was Fox's first choice for the part of Dr Gruffyd, later played by Walter Pidgeon.
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Donald Crisp and Sara Allgood were always first choice to play the father and mother.
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The novel was adapted as a Broadway musical, called A Time for Singing, which opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York, on May 21, 1966. Music was by John Morris; book and lyrics by Gerald Freedman and Mr. Morris. Production directed by Mr. Freedman, starring Ivor Emmanuel, Tessie O'Shea, Shani Wallis, and Laurence Naismith.
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Gwilym Morgan's dead body is plainly breathing.
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When Huw comes home after being beaten by his teacher, there is no blood or marks on his back.
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As Mr. and Mrs. Morgan argue about whether Huw should fight, in the camera angle that shows all three characters, Huw is right in front of Mrs. Morgan, but when there's a direct shot of Mrs. Morgan, Huw isn't close to her.
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Mr. Gruffydd: I know why you have come - I have seen it in your faces Sunday after Sunday as I've stood here before you. Fear has brought you here. Horrible, superstitious fear. Fear of divine retribution a bolt of fire from the skies. The vengeance of the Lord and the justice of God. But you have forgotten the love of Jesus. You disregard His sacrifice. Death, fear, flames, horror and black clothes. Hold your meeting then, but know if you do this in the name of God and in the house of God, you blaspheme against Him and His Word.
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Mr. Gruffydd: Huw, I thought when I was a young man that I would conquer the world with truth. I thought I would lead an army greater than Alexander ever dreamed of, not to conquer nations, but to liberate mankind. With truth. With the golden sound of the Word. But only a few of them heard. Only a few of you understood.
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Huw Morgan: [Narrating] It is with me now, so many years later. And it makes me think of so much that is good, that is gone.
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How many academy award nominations did the movie have?
How Green Was My Valley was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning five and beating out the other 1942 nominees, The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, and Citizen Kane, for Best Picture.Academy Award wins: * Best Picture - Darryl F. Zanuck. * Best Director - John Ford * Best Supporting Actor - Donald Crisp * Best B&W Cinematography - Arthur C. Miller * Best B&W Art Direction-Interior Decoration - Richard Day, Nathan H. Juran, and Thomas Little Academy Award nominations: * Best Adapted Screenplay - Philip Dunne * Best Supporting Actress - Sara Allgood * Best Film Editing - James B. Clark * Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture - Alfred Newman * Best Recording Sound - Edmund H. Hansen
How many times has the book (How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn) been adapted so far?
The book has twice been adapted by the BBC as a serial for television, in 1960 and 1975. It was also adapted as a Broadway musical, called 'A Time for Singing', which opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York, on May 21, 1966.
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor