90 Days of Oscar Nominees #47 – The Human Comedy (1943)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 47th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“One day, when you learn to read, you’ll find there’s a great deal to be said for the inside of books. I’ve been reading for 70 years and it hasn’t been nearly long enough. Now run along and look at the books.” – Librarian

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the homefront during World War II where a teenager must become the man of the house and decides to get a job working as a telegram messenger boy.

My Take on it – This film does a really nice job showing us how people on the Homefront dealt with life while their loved ones were thousands of miles away fighting for their freedom.

The cast does a fine job here and Mickey Rooney in particular shines here.

The fact that this film was written during the time of war  helps make it seem even more authentic because the writer could easily find ways to reflect the attitudes of people going through similar issues.

The dialogue is written really well and I loved the fact that even simple scenes come across as being extremely authentic.

My favorite scene in this film is perhaps the Library scene since that is a prime example of a simple scene written so well.

Bottom Line – Interesting look at how people dealt with life on the homefront while their loved ones were far away fighting for their freedom.  The cast does a fine job here and the fact that this film was written at the time of the war helps reflect attitudes at the time.  The dialogue is written really well and even simple scenes come across as being so well thought out.  The scene with the librarian works really well to prove that to us. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer William Saroyan wanted desperately to direct the film despite having no experience in directing. Louis B. Mayer told Saroyan that he would consider the request and assigned the writer to direct a one reel short. The short film was a disappointment and studio stalwart Clarence Brown was promptly assigned. Saroyan was so bitter about the experience he wrote a play about Mayer soon after titled “Get Away Old Man”. He also adapted the story he wrote for the film into a novel, which was published within weeks of the movie premiere and became a best seller. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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