This is the 1940 classic film based on Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a small New England town fraught with human drama, family conflict, marriage, life and death. Directed by Sam Wood, starring William Holden and Martha Scott.


Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors. Summary written by John Oswalt {}

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden....George Gibbs
Martha Scott....Emily Webb
Fay Bainter....Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs
Beulah Bondi....Mrs. Myrtle Webb
Thomas Mitchell....Dr. Frank F. Gibbs
Guy Kibbee....Charles Webb
Stuart Erwin....Howie Newsome
Frank Craven....Stage Manager
Doro Merande....Mrs. Louella Soames
Philip Wood....Simon Stimson
Ruth Tobey....Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
Douglas Gardner....Wally Webb
Arthur B. Allen....Prof. Willard (as Arthur Allen)
Charles Trowbridge....Rev. Dr. Ferguson
Spencer Charters....Const. Bill Warren

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Problem watching this movie? Email the title and we'll check the sources. These free movies are in the public domain and linked from Entertainment Magazine.Runtime: 90 min / 89 min (Hypercube restored version)
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification: USA:Approved (PCA #6071) / USA: Passed (National Board of Review)
Awards: Nominated for 6 Oscars.

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The Widescreen Version of "Our Town"

From Thornton Wilder's venerable and shiver-inducing Our Town may be one of the most frequently produced plays in the American repertory, but rarely has it been graced by the likes of Paul Newman's sure hand and stellar clarity. The star was asked by the Artistic Director of the Westport County Playhouse--who just happens to be Joanne Woodward, Newman's wife--to inhabit the role of the all-seeing stage manager in a live production of the show (which subsequently played Broadway). As evocatively re-staged for this video version, the New Hampshire town of Grover's Corners breathes again its crisp air and sad aura of mortality. The show is well acted, especially by vets Jayne Atkinson and Jeffrey DeMunn and heartbreaking newcomers Maggie Lacey and Ben Fox. Newman holds down the center, and his meticulous gestures and singsong voice perfectly conjure up the stage manager's detached but vaguely regretful view of life's transience. The moon is still bright over Our Town. --Robert Horton

Product Description: Veteran actor-director Paul Newman makes his first Broadway appearance in four decades in this sold-out Westport Country Playhouse production of the Thornton Wilder classic. Newman plays the Stage Manager, who narrates the immortal tale of Grover's Corners, U.S.A., and its citizens.The superb cast of Our Town includes Frank Converse, Jane Curtin, Ben Fox, Jayne Atkinson, Stephen Spinella, and Maggie Lacy. "Marvelous," writes the New Yorker.

DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
Run Time: 120 minutes
Actors: Jayne Atkinson, Wendy Barrie-Wilson, Reathel Bean, John Braden, Tom Brennan, See more
Directors: James Naughton

The Classic Version of "Our Town"

US Theatrical Release Date: May 24, 1940
Production Company: Sol Lesser Productions
Filming Locations: Fort Bragg, California, USA | Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA | Point Arena, Mendocino, California, USA

DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
Run Time: 90 minutes

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