The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

This Best Picture Oscar winning film about veterans returning home from World War II includes disabled Army veteran Harold Russell (in his screen debut) who received two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor and Honorary for bringing hope & courage to his fellow veterans) for his performance the only time an actor has received two Oscars for the same performance. Producer Samuel Goldwyn’s greatest success (and that’s saying something!) is directed by William Wyler (of course) who also took home the gold along with Best Actor Frederic March Writing Editing & Musical Score (the Sound was nominated). The excellent cast includes Myrna Loy Dana Andrews Teresa Wright Virginia Mayo Cathy O’Donnell Hoagy Carmichael Gladys George and Ray Collins. Added to the National Film Registry in 1989. #37 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies list. #11 on AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies list.

March Andrews as Fred and Russell as Homer have returned home from the war to discover changes in themselves and their loved ones. Loy plays March’s wife Wright his daughter; Mayo plays Fred’s wife George his stepmother; O’Donnell plays Homer’s fiancee. Though initially they go their separate ways the veterans find that they are able to relate to each other in ways that their families cannot.

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