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Overall Good Movie & Great Acting
The storyline was great about unwed parents who decide to give up the baby for adoption 20 years ago and now the father wanting to reunite with the son he gave up 20 years ago during his "youth", lol! James Cagney would've been at least 35. The story at the end to me was unrealistic in this day in time of Cagney adopting a pregnant teen and becoming a father and grandfather on the same day, just sort of weird with Cagney living with a teenage (sexually active) girl. Could have wrote the end to be Cagney marrying the pregnant teen and ending with Cagney becoming husband and father to the baby. Overall, great movie and great acting, especially Cagney when he realizes his "youth" mistakes of his past and all the money he had could not buy his biological son
WHEN WE CAN'T HAVE WHAT WE REALLY WANT!
- Raymond Banacki
"These Wilder Years" is a deeply affecting story of a self-made multi-millionaire who realizes that he has made a terrible mistake in his life and that, now, twenty years later, try as hard as he can, he simply cannot rectify that mistake and make it go away.
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- George Ulrich
"These Wilder Years" was never a wide-screen movie. There is no pan-and-scan.
These Wilder Years
- Robert McGlone
I always remember seeing this film in my teen's and it's stuck in my memory through the years. I thought it was a great film and i have tried to find it on DVD to no avail. If it ever is put on DVD would anybody let me know. I would be very grateful.Robert.
- Jarrod McDonald
I was surprised by the subdued performances of the leads, because let's face it, Babs can really get tough and Jimmy can really ham it up if he wants to! But the script called for a different approach, and I'm glad the director worked with them to play the characters instead of themselves, or instead of giving another version of their trademark styles. In a way, the story is a reverse incest plot...he becomes a grandfather/father on the same day...and instead of the girl giving up the baby, she is actually encouraged to take it home with her father!
These Wilder Years
- Patricia Schmitt
One of Jimmy Cagney's biggest and faithful fans. Over the years, I thought I have viewed and been entertained by just about every Cagney film made. However, I missed this one somehow. What a delightful view. I managed to see the last 40 minutes of this film and was quite won over by all the other actor's performances as well. It would be beneficial to have this particular film released by TCM on DVD for home purchase. Thanks to TCM for airing it this evening.
These Wilder Years (1956)
- James Higgins
Underrated drama, any movie starring James Cagney and Barbara Stanwyck has got to be good. It's a good and somewhat unusual story. Cagney is seeking out the son he put up for adoption twenty years earlier. Stanwyck runs the adoption agency the child was left to. Good performances and a good screenplay.
A movie worth seeing
I saw this movie when it first came out, over 50 years ago, and I still remember scenes in it. The young girl was very touching. I remember the scene where Cagney finally meets his son and comes up against reality. I would like to see it again.
A heart warming movie for Christmas
- michael coleman
The acting from Jimmy & Barbara saved this so so script. I loves their acting.The young girl was good too. Walter was also a good match for any movie.
Cagney At His Best
- Michael Cole
I second the motion that this film be rebroadcast soon in widescreen format (if it was made in widescreen, of course). Although I am more than old enough to remember it, I never saw it. I would like to have it on DVD and also another underrated Cagney performance in "Come Fill The Cup."
Good Film Suffers Pan-and-Scan Torture
- Peter J. May
The print available to TCM of this film is pan-and-scan. The original aspect ratio of the film is almost certainly a widescreen format. Please encourage TCM to broadcast this film solely in its original aspect ratio.
I loved this movie!
I was totally captivated by this movie. James Cagney was absolutely wonderful and, in my opinion, this is one of his best performances. I have already told three of my friends that this movie is a "must see". I am disappointed that it is not available to purchase. If I had known that it was going to be so good I would have taped it. I hope they play it again soon.
What a wonderful movie...
I never realized just how "great" an actor James Cagney was until I saw this movie. I had seen it a long time ago but had forgotten all about it's existence. He was a truly phenomenal actor, dancer and all around complete entertainer. This movie "These Wilder Years" has all the components it takes to make it a classic. It has not been aired enough though. This movie should be shown every year, like, around Easter Time (rebirth) as a long lost Holiday classic. It exudes the key elements which only serve to make it a beloved cinematic event. 20 minutes later, I am still consumed with emotion. Great Film! Bravo!