“[praying in church] A man’s got to understand something. You have your faith and then things happen and they happen out of nowhere and they make no sense. A mans got to understand something. Why? Why? Why did this happen? Help me to understand. Help me. ” – Robert Shannon
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jan 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Following his mother’s death, a young boy moves in with his grandparents and is mentored by his alcoholic great-grandfather.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never even heard of beforehand but came across it just because one of the cast was nominated for an Oscar for his performance here.
The story itself is told quite poignantly and works very well throughout.
The cast is great and they all do a nice job portraying these characters.
Charles Coburn tho steals every scene as the Great-Grandfather and is superb in this role. We get to see both his alcoholism and get his words of wisdom on life along the way.
Coburn was very deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this performance.
This film does a superb job showing how life is filled with many ups and downs along the way and this helps make the story feel even more realistic throughout.
As in life, many of the events in the story happen quiet unexpectantly and that also helps keep things feeling quite genuine and true to life especially given the way that the characters act and react to everything that occurs.
This film deals with he idea that one must have faith in life no matter what happens and this is presented so well here.
This idea still rings very true even after more than 7 decades.
Bottom Line – Quite a poignant story that works pretty well. The entire cast does a nice job but Coburn steals every scene he is in and was very deserving of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the child’s great-grandfather. They do an excellent job showing the ups and downs of life which helps make things feel very realistic throughout. Just like life, some of the things that happen come very unexpectedly which also helps make things feel even more genuine. The idea that one needs to have faith in life no matter what happens rings so true in this film and they present this really well and is still very relevant even after more than 70 years. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jessica Tandy was pregnant during the making of this movie, and gave birth to her daughter the day after filming ended. (From IMDB)
Rating – GLobe Worthy (8/10)
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