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The Corn Is Green (1945)

A schoolteacher becomes the mentor of a talented young miner and seeks to get him into a university.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Frank Cavett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Miss Lilly Moffat
Nigel Bruce ... The Squire
Rhys Williams ... Mr. Jones
Rosalind Ivan ... Mrs. Watty
Mildred Dunnock ... Miss Ronberry
Arthur Shields ... Glyn Thomas
Gwyneth Hughes Gwyneth Hughes ... Sarah Pugh
William Roy William Roy ... Idwal Morris (as Billy Roy)
Thomas Louden Thomas Louden ... Old Tom
John Dall ... Morgan Evans
Joan Lorring ... Bessie Watty
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Storyline

Schoolteacher Lilly Moffat is dismayed by conditions in a Welsh mining town. She sets up a school to teach fundamental education to the villagers. Her housekeeper and daughter oppose the project, as does the local Squire who will not rent her space. Using part of her own home, she goes ahead with Miss Moffat's School. One of her students Morgan Evans turns from bully to brilliant student. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In her heart of hearts she knew she'd never hold him. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Welsh | Latin | French

Release Date:

14 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando el amor florece See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Irving Rapper, when supporting players Joan Lorring and John Dall received Oscar nominations and she did not, star Bette Davis was chagrined. See more »

Goofs

Despite the villagers being illiterate, every time a poster is put up people gather round to read it. See more »

Quotes

Miss Lilly Moffat: [reading] ... and when I walk in the dark I can touch with my hands where the corn is green.
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Connections

Version of The Corn Is Green (1979) See more »

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Lili Long
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A highly engaging drama
13 August 1999 | by GlaschuSee all my reviews

This was a late-night tv surprise. The Corn is Green is a highly engaging drama. Bette Davis is good as the well-intentioned, well-meaning but not always successful social engineer and pioneer in adult education, set in a rural Welsh mining town. A surprisingly 'modern' film for its release date with regard to its frankness about out-of-wedlock pregnancy. There was a good deal of Welsh language banter and phrases peppered throughout the film, despite the story's bias against Welsh in preference for the male lead receiving a 'proper' education in English. The film cannot be faulted for its expression of negative attitudes toward the indigenous language of Wales since minority languages were viewed as a detriment to progress in the modern world at the time. We know better now, but much damage has been done to the likes of the people depicted in the Welsh mining town of the Corn is Green, surrounded by a larger culture bent on their assimilation. This is an entertaining and near-tragic story which made me think.


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