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The Human Comedy (1943)

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Original title: Human Comedy, The

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

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• The Human Comedy (1943)
• Und das Leben geht weiter (1945)

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Genre: Drama, World War II, Coming Of Age, Tear Jerker, Military

Plot: Mickey Rooney delivers a powerful performance in this moving coming-of-age tale set during WWII, based on the best-selling novel by William Saroyan. In an effort to support his family while his older brother, Marcus (Van Johnson), is away at war, Homer (Rooney) gets a job delivering telegrams for the local telegraph office. His sensitive manager, Tom Spangler (James Craig), and an elderly and wise drunken telegrapher, Willie Grogan (Frank Morgan), help Homer face the painful messages that are often tapped across the telegraph wire as he learns to accept the harsh realities of war. With the help of his faithful widowed mother (Fay Bainter), Homer navigates his new job while enduring the joys and defeats of high school in his small and charming hometown of Ithaca, California. This poignant vision of life in 1940s America, poignantly directed by Clarence Brown, follows the miniadventures of Homer's family, including a late-night rendevous between his blushing older sister Bess (Donna Reed) and a lonely soldier (Robert Mitchum). As Homer wavers on the brink of adulthood, his younger brother Ulysses (Jack Jenkin) is free to roam the streets of their idyllic small town without a care in the world in a sweetly sentimental reminder of childhood freedom and exuberance. THE HUMAN COMEDY

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 Directed by
Clarence Brown
National Velvet, The Yearling, Anna Karenina
 Written by
William Saroyan
The Time of Your Life
Howard Estabrook
Cimarron, Hell's Angels, A Bill of Divorcement
Donna Reed
It's a Wonderful Life, From Here to Eternity, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mickey Rooney
Breakfast at Tiffany's, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Babe: Pig in the City
Frank Morgan
The Wizard of Oz, The Shop Around the Corner, The Three Musketeers
James Craig
The Devil and Daniel Webster, While the City Sleeps, Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman
Marsha Hunt
Pride and Prejudice, Johnny Got His Gun, Legend of the Lost
Fay Bainter
Woman of the Year, Jezebel, The Children's Hour
Ray Collins
Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, The Best Years of Our Lives
 Music By
Herbert Stothart
A Night at the Opera, Mutiny on the Bounty, Mrs. Miniver

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