Kings Row

Kings Row

DVD - 2006
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When an aspiring doctor loses the one woman in his life to a tragic and untimely death, he goes off to Europe to forget. While he's gone, his friend Drake loses his inherited fortune and his fiance. He takes up with a woman "from the wrong side of the tracks" and an ensuing accident leaves him a cripple. When Cummings, now a full-fledged doctor returns home, it takes everything he has ever learned and experienced to put things right again.


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President Ronald Reagan served in the U.S. Army and reported for active duty in 1942 and achieved the rank of captain.

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Vincent T Lombardo Jan 24, 2016

This film is like gothic horror and is highly melodramatic, but it is excellent! The cast and screenplay are great, and Ronald Reagan utters one of his most famous movie lines in this film.

Aug 28, 2013

A solid film throughout; a serious drama that I watched late at night and did NOT fall asleep! The pacing is ust right to keep the storyline moving without feeling rushed.
I have not read the novel, so I was not aware of the other issues that characters deal with as mentioned by epotter8811.

One of the issues that are included in the movie include mental illness and its treatment. As the movie is set leading up to and just after the turn of the 1900s, protagonist Parris goes off to Vienna to study the brand new field of psychiatry with a doctor that one presumes is Sigmund Freud, or at least another pioneer in the field. This factors in to Parris's return and interactions with several characters in the hometown. The plot also deals with perceptions of class, the effects of gossip, murder, and corrupt doctors and bankers.

And yes, Ronald "Bedtime for Bonzo" Reagan does do a great job in the role of bon vivant Drake McHugh, As does Anne Sheridan as the tomboy Randy Monaghan.

epotter8811 Jul 19, 2012

The film version of Henry Bellaman's 1940 novel based on his hometown of Fulton, Missouri. I immediately snatched this up when I spotted it as I am originally from Fulton, Missouri myself and grew up hearing about King's Row (and its now mythic characters based on real Fultonians) from various people in my town. The film version, starring a charismatic Ronald Reagan (in his best role), is a surprisingly dark, sordid character drama. Definitely a more serious precursor to the 1950's soapy film, Peyton Place, King's Row features a beautiful score, ace writing, and solid acting. Sadly, due to the Hays Code, many of the more adult elements of the novel (incest, homosexuality, adultery) had to be altered, vaguely referenced, or cut out altogether to meet decency standards. But the film is definitely worth watching for its inside look at a small town where all is not as it seems.


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