Kings Row

Kings Row

DVD - 2006
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A small town hides twisted lives. Reagan's poignant performance is often called his best.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2006.
ISBN: 9780790747187
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE FILM KIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 04, 2020

You have to watch this DVD! I think it makes most of the recently released movies look really poor attempts at story telling. Wow!!!

Mar 30, 2019

Rumor has it, after the publishing of KING'S ROW, Bellamann couldn't set foot in Fulton, Missouri for over ten years for fear of tar-and-feathering. Read the original book and see why. I suspect it wasn't the 'sadist egotist who played surgical God (punishing the 'wicked' and rewarding the 'good') that caused the brouha. It was the revelation of the arrogantly incestuous sociopath who murdered his helpless wife while the whole town looked the other way that 'done the trick'! Charles Coburn, who usually played lovable 'feisty uncle/grandfather' figures, is blood-chilling as the 'righteously moral' doctor (for another chiller, see him in IN THIS OUR LIVES, where he and Bette Davis's scenes will give you the willies.) And the opening scene, where the three little boys stand frozen, listening to the screams of the alcoholic father being operated on without anesthesia: the uncredited actor who did that mindless animal howl should have gotten some kind of award.

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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