Our Town

Our Town

Streaming Video - 1940
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Based on a three part Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder, this story is set in New Hampshire. It is a depiction of the everyday lives of the citizens of Grover's Corners.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Chest Media Group : Made available through hoopla, 1940.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 87 min.)) : sd., col.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 25, 2018

VERY GOOD 1940 b/w film based on Thornton Wilder play.
Interesting drama set in 1910 small country town in New Hampshire which reflects the changing times, economics, family life, and more.
Film version also includes the on-screen stage manager/narrator who introduces/comments on the developing plot as in the original play.

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Me_Tarzan
Sep 15, 2013

With the wistfulness of its sentimentality revved right up to "full-throttle", Our Town (from 1940) was a very starry-eyed and nostalgic look at the everyday comings and goings of the good citizens living in a quaint, little, New Hampshire town, set in the year 1910._____ This was an idealistic, "Norman Rockwell" type of setting where nobody felt the need to lock their doors and everybody knew everyone else's business._____ And even though, on the immediate surface, things appeared to be squeaky-clean and picture-postcard perfect, around every street corner there existed the underlying drama of family conflicts which inevitably came to light._____ Far from being what I would consider great entertainment, Our Town (now 70+ years old) has definitely lost a lot of its initial charm and sentimental-edge due to these fast-paced days of jaded attitudes that we now live in - But, all the same, this film was a sensitive and fairly intriguing look at an idealistically "innocent" age that has long ago faded away, never to return._____ Filmed in b&w (with a 90-minute running time), this fond reminiscence of yesteryear was based on Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name.

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