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Oscars - Best Picture Winner #19

#19 – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

This movie is about 3 guys returning to America after the war. The youngest was in the navy and lost his hands and has like hooks for hands which makes for some awkward moments, but aw gee he’s a swell fella, and at first he tries to push everyone away including his fiancée, but later comes around. 128 more words


The Best Years of Our Lives

I definitely underestimated just how good The Best Years of Our Lives was going to be. While, at three hours, it is on the long side, it has enough genuine feeling and pathos to sustain that kind of running time. 786 more words


Penthouse (1933, W.S. Van Dyke)

Penthouse is a lean mystery masquerading as a class melodrama. Most of that class melodrama stuff comes at the front–and is only really ever alluded to later–making the film front-heavy. 707 more words


The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Well. The Best Years of Our Lives is quite a film. It runs for about two hours and fifty minutes but it’s not long – there’s hardly a moment wasted. 867 more words


The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): The Forgotten Counterpart to George Bailey's Story

Inherent in a film with this title, much like It’s a Wonderful Life, is the assumption that it is a generally joyous tale full of family, life, liberty, and the general pursuit of happiness. 825 more words

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The Thin Man (1934)

At once primitive and shockingly modern is one way to describe the 1934 classic, The Thin Man. It seems creaky and hopelessly old-fashioned in the way it sets up its crime story. 627 more words

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Dir. William Wyler. Starring Fredric March, Teresa Wright, Dana Andrews

In 1979, Jimmy Carter gave a speech that, in my mind, ranks with George Washington’s Farewell Address or Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural as one of the most important in the history of the American executive. 2,070 more words

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