The Valley of Decision (1945)


“You can see all of Pittsburgh from here, but Pittsburgh can’t see you. Why don’t you sit down and cry it out? ” – Paul Scott

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After the poor maid of a wealthy family falls in love with the heir to their company, the conflict between their families causes much strife for the young couple.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I knew nothing about before coming across it during my quest to watch and review all films featuring Oscar nominated performances.

The story that is told here is quite interesting and they give us a great perspective on the way that people of varying social classes interacted during the time before the turn of the 20th Century in an industry town like Pittsburgh.

The performances by Gregory Peck and Greer Garson are both quite good because they allow these characters to come alive especially when dealing with how they look at people of the other class.

Garson was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here largely due to the way that her character is able to move so fluidly between the upper and lower class surrounding and still fit in with both sides of this conflict.

Both sides were able to view similar situations from different perspectives and the fact that they didn’t know how to communicate properly, the situations sometimes got well out of hand quite quickly.

This movie is also able to show how much heartache these kind of situations created since everyone was trying to reach their own high levels of potential but it was always at the cost of someone else.

Donald Crisp and Lionel Barrymore are superb here and they both stand out in supporting roles.

Bottom Line – Enjoyable film that works due to the performances of Peck and Garson who make these characters come to life. Garson was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here because of the way that her character needs to move so fluidly between the various social classes. The story does a nice job dealing with the way that the upper and lower classes interacted around the turn of the 20th Century and how both sides had different ways of viewing the same events which led to many complications. The story shows the heartache that people felt during their troubling times as they all tried to find a way to reach their potentials.  Crisp and Barrymore are also both superb in supporting roles. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite her youthful appearance, Greer Garson was twelve years older than her leading man, Gregory Peck. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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