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Saturday's Children (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 11 May 1940 (USA)
Pretty Bobby Halevy loves Rims Rosson, a dreamer and inventor without much going for him. Rims has a scheme of going to Manila to turn hemp into silk and become rich. But when one of her ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Rims Rosson
Anne Shirley ... Bobby Halevy
Claude Rains ... Mr. Halevy
Roscoe Karns ... Willie Sands
Lee Patrick ... Florrie Sands
Dennie Moore ... Gertrude Mills
George Tobias ... Herbert Smith
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Halevy (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Berton Churchill ... Mr. Norman
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Pretty Bobby Halevy loves Rims Rosson, a dreamer and inventor without much going for him. Rims has a scheme of going to Manila to turn hemp into silk and become rich. But when one of her family talks Bobby into tricking Rims into marriage, the real world comes crashing down on the couple. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

Young, Married, Poor...and Proud of it!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Married, Pretty and Poor 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

When Roscoe Karns says, "Okay, Simon!" to his wife's nagging, the reference is to Simon Legree, the slave owner in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" whose name is a byword for harshness. See more »

Goofs

The credits of this film say "Based on the Pulitzer Prize play by Maxwell Anderson." However, the play did not win the Pulitzer Prize. See more »

Quotes

Willie Sands: Two can live as cheap as one... if one don't eat!
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Version of Saturday's Children (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Saturday's Children
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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Obviously a stage production brought to the screen
28 May 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This obviously must have been a play first, as the film is very static and spends most of the time confined to small sets. I really wish the writers had done something to try to open the film up a bit--giving it some more energy and giving it life. Instead, you feel you are watching a play that was filmed--especially when it comes to dialog, as the actors seem to be, at times, making speeches to an audience. Now the acting is okay (though a bit too earnest if you ask me) and the general idea is okay, but just not super-compelling. You see, a young couple is married and face a huge battle against debts and struggle to get by---again and again and again. Halfway into the film, I felt like I'd had enough. Yes, they were young and in love but the day to day pressures put a lot of strain on their marriage--I understood that but after a while I just wanted this depressing film to end. About the only bright spot was the role played by Claude Rains--he was pretty funny and likable. As for the leads, Anne Shirley and John Garfield, this was definitely not one of their better films as they came off as rather whiny and immature. I just felt like yelling at the actors to buck up and deal with it--that's life!


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