How Green Was My Valley (film)

How Green Was My Valley
How Green Was My Valley (1941 poster - Style A).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Ford
Screenplay byPhilip Dunne
Based onHow Green Was My Valley
by Richard Llewellyn
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Starring
Narrated byIrving Pichel
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byJames B. Clark
Music byAlfred Newman
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 28, 1941 (1941-10-28)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesEnglish
Welsh
Budget$800,000[1]
Box office$2.4 million[2]

How Green Was My Valley is a 1941 American drama film set in Wales, directed by John Ford. The film, based on the best-selling 1939 novel of the same name by Richard Llewellyn, was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and scripted by Philip Dunne. It stars Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp, and a very young Roddy McDowall.

It tells the story of the Morgans, a hard-working Welsh mining family, from the point of view of the youngest child Huw, who lives with his affectionate and kind parents as well as his sister and five brothers, in the South Wales Valleys during the late Victorian era. The story chronicles life in the South Wales coalfields, the loss of that way of life and its effects on the family. The fictional village in the film is based on Gilfach Goch,[3] where Llewellyn spent many summers visiting his grandfather, and it served as the inspiration for the novel.[3]

It was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning five,[4] famously beating Citizen Kane, Sergeant York and The Maltese Falcon for Best Picture, while Ford won for Best Director, Donald Crisp for Best Supporting Actor, Arthur Miller for Best Cinematography, and Richard Day, Nathan H. Juran and Thomas Little for Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Interior Decoration. In 1990, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[5][6] The Academy Film Archive preserved How Green Was My Valley in 1998.[7]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey (1989). Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, p. 241, ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1.
  2. ^ "All-time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990.
  3. ^ a b (February 7, 2009)"How Green Was My Valley", BBC Radio Wales. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "How Green Was My Valley". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  5. ^ Gamarekian, Barbara; Times, Special To the New York (1990-10-19). "Library of Congress Adds 25 Titles to National Film Registry (Published 1990)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  6. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  7. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. Retrieved August 20, 2019.

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