How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The lovely Maureen O’Hara starred in this John Ford epic about a pre-union mining town. Ford won his second consecutive Best Director Oscar (also his third in seven years) beating Hitchcock with The Grapes of Wrath in 1940. He went on to win his fourth (and final) Best Director Oscar in another film starring Ms. O’Hara (The Quiet Man (1952)). This film beat Citizen Kane (1941) Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) John Huston’s debut film The Maltese Falcon (1941) Sergeant York (1941) and Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941)!!! Donald Crisp won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (on his ONLY nomination!) and film also won for B&W Cinematography and Art Direction. The film received five other nominations with Sara Allgood (Supporting Actress) and Screenplay Writing among them. Walter Pidgeon Roddy McDowall Barry Fitzgerald and Patric Knowles (among others) also appear. Added to the National Film Registry in 1990.