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The Best Years of Our Lives(1946)

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Trivia

  • Ray Teal's character (the Axis sympathizer at the soda fountain) is listed in the credits as "Mr. Mollett". However, the character's name is never mentioned or otherwise alluded to.
  • Director William Wyler was furious when he learned that Samuel Goldwyn had sent Harold Russell for acting lessons; he preferred Russell's untrained, natural acting.
  • Wyler wanted a completely un-glamorous look, requiring all costumes to be bought off the rack and worn by the cast before filming, and making sure all sets were built smaller than life-size.
  • In order to give the film a documentary-style realism, the director drew each member of the crew - props, grips, mixers, etc. - from the ranks of WWII veterans.
  • This was the first movie in history to feature a disabled actor in a major role. It was also the first to deal directly with intimacy issues between disabled and non-disabled people.
  • Wyler pattered the fictional Boone City after Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  • Holz (2008-02-06)

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    While at the piano, Harold Russell (Homer Parrish) asks Hoagy Carmichael (Butch Engle) "Play 'Lazy River', remember that one?". Hoagy Carmichael wrote that song in real life.

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