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Kings Row

  • Film

Time Out says

Question: connect President Reagan with the following quotation, 'A good town to live in. A good place to raise your children.' No, not one of Ron's election promises; it's the roadside sign that gets this glorious, maggot's-eye view of mid-town America under way, the film that made Reagan a star. Twenty years later he was back to second billing, but was busying himself as President of the Screen Actors Guild, leading and winning a strike for residual payments for non-theatrical releases. Twenty years later still, and the SAG won another deal on residuals while our Ron bid for a bigger presidency. Strange to think he'd probably protest about a contemporary Kings Row as un-American, and that he drew up anti-union legislation. The movie, though, is one of the great melodramas (from the same Wood/Menzies stable that made Gone With the Wind), as compulsive and perverse as any election, a veritable Mount Rushmore of emotional and physical cripples, including a surgeon with a penchant for unnecessary amputations, a girl who 'made friends on one side of the tracks and made love on the other', and best of all, a legless Reagan wondering 'Where's the rest of me?'
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Release Details

  • Duration:127 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Sam Wood
  • Screenwriter:Casey Robinson
  • Cast:
    • Ann Sheridan
    • Robert Cummings
    • Ronald Reagan
    • Betty Field
    • Claude Rains
    • Charles Coburn
    • Judith Anderson
    • Maria Ouspenskaya
    • Nancy Coleman
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