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- kevin sellers
It's Gladys Cooper who plays the nasty Parkington daughter, Alice, not Edith Evans, as I erroneously wrote in my review. There I go, mixing up my 40s British dowagers again!
- kevin sellers
It's two different movies, awkwardly stitched together. One is a sharply critical examination of the dysfunctional and weak second and third generations of a rich American family. The other is a mawkish soap opera "vehicle" for Greer and Wally. You can see the difference most starkly in Robert Thoeren and Polly James' screen adaptation of Louis Bromfield's novel. The scenes with the disappointing younger members of the Parkington clan have a witty, astringent "Little Foxes" quality to the writing, with great studies in acerbic sleaze being given by Edith Evans and Dan Duryea (thus the "Foxes" comparison) as well as one of Edward Arnold's more restrained (and therefore believable) acting turns, playing an embezzler. However, in the scenes with Garson and Pidgeon as mater and patriarch the dialogue becomes mushy and gushy and unintentionally funny, as in the scene where Garson is musing on the death of her son and says, "It's senseless. You raise a son...and a polo pony stumbles!" Talk about your first world problems, huh? Dang skittish polo ponies! And of course, since Greer/Wally are the leads, their rather dull story overwhelms the much better family conflict story, with the expected result that a movie that could have been very good is merely ok. Give it a generous B minus for those great scenes with Duryea, Evans, Arnold et al (including the great B picture Western actor Rod Cameron in an Eastern, playing a decent lamb among the second gen. Parkington wolves.) P.S. A better film would have examined the irony that the so called, (by Garson,) "honorable" Maj. Parkington's fortune was built on shoddy mine safety that killed Garson's mother, among others. Certainly, if this movie were to be remade today this subject would be explored.
Absolute perfection!!Greer & Walter are so lovely together. This movie is no exception. The lovely story of cream rising to the top. I think I truly became a fan of Walter because of Greer. Although she can make any leading man look better.if anyone is able to send out the "quote" Walter states about why he calls her is sparrow, please share with others.
another Garson and Pidgeon gem
Absolutely love everything Garson and Pidgeon did together. She is such a lady and I adore her acting! Not fond of the dark hair...rather have that gorgeous red hair even tho' it wasn't in color!
- Carol Davis
I absolutely love watching period pieces. The mannerisms always captivate me. Greer Garson is a breath of fresh air. I've seen her three times in the last two weeks...Blossoms in the Dust and The Valley of Decision. She makes the character her own. It may sound strange, but my attorney reminds me of Greer Garson and that makes me smile.
A Great Classic
- Larry McFall
One of the few movies of the time that was "Dynamic" in the story line and casting. It is a real feel good classic. Being a good Scot-Irish as I am, Walter's vest were very much to my taste also, the tune "Kathleen" pulled it all together.The movie had substance.
An impeccable Moorehead and Garson!
- Paul S.
I am amazed at how Ms. Moorehead "looks" in this movie - she's lovely and her acting is superb (even with the French accent).It is obvious why both women (Garson & Moorehead) were nominated for their performances.A very fine film even though I never could come to see Pidgeon as the romantic leading man type as opposed to Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power et al.
Mrs. P's Great granddaughter!
- Mary J Truesdale
This is my favorite movie of all time...It's relevant today with it's themes about inherited money, infidelity, war and class clashes. It could be remade for now in an instant!
This movie set a standard against sibling greed for money they did not earn, as well as showcasing husbands and wives sticking to a marraige no matter what! BRAVO, it needs to be on DVD now.This is one I'd love to see with my granddaughter. Another Garson GEM.
- Jackie Furline
Another great classic has been viewed by my family and I and needless to say, we loved every line. I have been searching high and low to find this movie on DVD; what is the hold up??? We want it and we want it now. Thanks for your anticipated compliance for those of us who are seeking ownership of this fine classical movie.
Another gem on TCM...
- Andy Geisel
My wife and I had never seen this one before and recently caught a screening of it on (where else but...?) TCM. Apart from Robert's bookend narratives, which we always love, the movie was a knockout! What a great find - once again, we're all lucky to have TCM to be able to see rare classics like Mrs. Parkington. This one's not on DVD, but as soon as it is, I'm logging on to the TCM store and snapping one up for our classic movie collection!Keep up the great work, Robert, and all the staff at TCM!
- Brenda Engler
This is a wonderful movie, I fell in love with it the first time I seen it. I want it to come on DVD, cause I will be the first to buy it. Just love it.
- rosalind smith
i can't say enough about this movie. i think the movie is great her telling the story of of her past relating to her present her family is like most you read about with money their whole being is wrapped around it the good and the bad that it brings. i feel lucky when i find on tv it makes for a good day i wont even answer the phone. truely love the movie please bring to dvd. roz from michigan
- JOHN WELLS
GREAT MOVIE AND CAST WATCH IT EVERY TIME IT COMES ON.
loved the mrs parkington!!
- k grzep
I had to DVR this movie to finish it because I had to take the kids to school this morning. It was wonderful to watch on Valentine's Day morning!
Loved this movie and the story
Thank you for the Synopsis as I missed the first 35 mins. of this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed what I did see and will be hoping and watching for its return in the future.
- K Durbin
This is a wonderful, feel-good movie. Greer Garson does an excellent job playing the lead role as Mrs. Parkington. This is one of those movies you can watch over and over again.