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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 9 April 1942 (Australia)
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.



(screen play), (based on the novel by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Welsh Singers ...
Morton Lowry ...
Mr. Parry
Ceinwen (as Ann Todd)
Frederick Worlock ...
Dr. Richards
Richard Fraser ...


Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw, we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes for his youngest son, but Huw has his own ideas on how to honor his father. Daughter Angharad is the most beautiful girl in the valley and is very much in love with Mr. Gruffydd, who isn't sure he can provide her the life she deserves. Times are hard and good men find themselves out of work and exploited by unseen mine owners. Written by garykmcd

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village | wales | girl | coal mine | school | See All (66) »


Rich is their humor! Deep are their passions! Reckless are their lives! Mighty is their story! See more »


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

9 April 1942 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley  »


Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000, 31 January 1943
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Plans to film in Wales were abandoned due to WWII; an 80-acre set was built in the Santa Monica Mountains at Brent's Crags, near Malibu. The design of the village was based on the real Cerrig Ceinnen and nearby Clydach, Cwmtawe in Wales. See more »


The wage reduction proclamation contains the word "labor" (American spelling) rather than "labour" as any British Islander would spell it. See more »


Beth Morgan: [to Huw] Fight again, and when you come home, not a look shall you have from me... not a word!
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Hob I Deri Dando
Traditional Welsh folk song
New Welsh lyrics by Tudor Williams
Sung by guests as the wedding cake is brought out
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Earliest case of Oscar baiting I've seen. Not bad though.
17 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

How Green Was My Valley. The film infamous for beating Citizen Kane at the Oscars. Not only that but The Maltese Falcon and Sergeant York too. Although it's known that it this was due to a public affairs issue at the time, How Green Was My Valley is one of the earliest cases of Oscar baiting I've ever seen. Perhaps this was the film that shaped the mould? It has everything the Oscars dream of and in the most sentimental doses too. As all Oscar baited films, it feels like it skims the surface of its story and its sequences feel more like a checklist rather than organic storytelling. Singing, disability, kindness, hardships. Even today, it feels forced, especially the character archetypes. That said, the performances are pretty good given the contrived platform to work with. The overall drama about the strikes and the family conflict is quite interesting and engaging, but the depth of the film is rather laughable. Its triumphs and tragedies are just too romanticised to be convincing, especially the depiction of Wales which is just far from the truth. That said, the cinematography is really great and definitely the best part. Its story can be trite, but it's very watchable and entertaining. But that's all its trying to be anyway. That and a good cry from sensitive hearts.


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