These Wilder Years

These Wilder Years

James Cagney
Director: Roy Rowland Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
, Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon
Roy Rowland


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The MGM melodrama These Wilder Years marked the first onscreen pairing of Hollywood stars James Cagney and Barbara Stanwyck. Lonely middle-aged businessman Steve Bradford (Cagney) returns to his old town in hopes of finding the son he fathered 20 years earlier. Choosing his career over marriage and family, he got a girl pregnant and she gave the baby up for adoption. He goes to an orphanage ran by Ann Dempster (Barbara Stanwyck) to find out information about his son. They are attracted to each other, but she refuses to release the confidential files that could help him. He hires a lawyer, James Rayburn (Walter Pigeon), and proceeds to sue the adoption agency. Though he loses the case in the climactic courtroom scene, Steve ends up finding his son on his own, but he decides it's too late to forge a relationship. Instead, Ann introduces him to pregnant teenager Suzie (Betty Lou Keim), who needs his help.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
UPC: 0883316618509
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 30,519

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Steve Bradford
Barbara Stanwyck Ann Dempster
Walter Pidgeon James Rayburn
Betty Lou Keim Suzie Keller
Don Dubbins Mark
Edward Andrews Mr. Spottsford
Basil Ruysdael Judge
Grandon Rhodes Roy Oliphant
Will Wright Old Cab Driver
Lewis Martin Dr. Miller
Dorothy Adams Aunt Martha
Dean Jones Hardware Clerk
Herb Vigran Traffic Cop
Nesdon Booth Actor
Don Burnett Actor
Jimmy Hayes Young Reporter
Charles Herbert Actor
Mary Ellen Hokanson Actor
Edna Holland Actor
Lois Kimbrell Actor
Mary Lawrence Actor
Burt Mustin Actor
James Ogg Ad Lib Boy
Marc Platt Actor
Audrey Swanson Saleslady
Charles Tannen Actor
Sid Tomack Jess, the Bartender
Louis Towers Actor
Leon Tyler Student Secretary
Billy Wayne Actor
Ralph Neff Actor
Frank Connor Actor
Janet Lake Actor
Bob Alden Bellhop
Elizabeth Flournoy Secretary
Tom Laughlin Football player
Luana Lee Stenographer
Ruth Lee Miss Finch
John Maxwell Board of Directors Member
Matt Moore Gateman
Kathleen Mulqueen Prim lady
Russell Simpson Farmer
Harry Tyler Doorman
Emmett Vogan Board of Directors Member
Charles Evans Board of Directors Member
William Forrest Board of Directors Member
Jack Kenny Chauffeur
Michael Landon Boy in Pool Room

Technical Credits
Roy Rowland Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
Preston Ames Art Director
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Frank Fenton Screenwriter
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Ben Lewis Editor
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Jules Schermer Producer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ralph Wheelwright Original Story
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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