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Life At The Oaks School for Boys!
- Raymond Banacki
He is in truly impressive company - Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Barry Sullivan and Richard Hayden - but, as the unhappiest boy in the world, little Donald MacDonald steals this film.
her 12 men
- kevin sellers
Standard inspirational teacher movie. Best thing about it are the child actors. They soft peddle the cuteness, for the most part, and have some good comic scenes; kinda like "Dead End Kids Go Prep School." I also liked the film makers' critical tone toward the barbaric concept of boarding school. (It always amazes me that some parents choose not to see their kids for nine months out of the year. Why have 'em in the first place if you're not enamored of their company? Pardon the digression.) Otherwise, as in most inspirational teacher pics, the story is utterly predictable, with Greer Garson's fledgling teacher, after some minor, not very interesting struggles, suddenly blossoming into a brilliant educator. And the sub plot, designed to cast doubt on whether Garson will stay in the classroom or abandon her twelve charges for Texas oilman Barry Sullivan, is as dramatically tense as a sagging mattress. Since when has a brilliant teacher, loved by her students, ever cast them off for a Texas oilman? You would have thought co scenarists William Roberts and Laura Hobson, who penned "Magnificent 7" and "Gentlemen's Agreement" respectively, would have come up with a better story than this. As for the direction it's by the master of lackluster, Robert Zzzz Leonard. I will say that the Greer Garson/Robert Ryan pairing, although it takes a bit of getting used to, works for the most part. "Mrs. Miniver" meets "On Dangerous Ground." Works for me. So, let's give it a C plus for the kids, Greer and Bob. P.S. Sure is weird to see the marshall of Dodge City in a tennis sweater.
Garson & Ryan Excellent
Very good film of the 1st woman teacher at an all-boys school.Garson & Ryan get off to a rocky start,but things improve.Really enjoyed and hope it plays again soon!
Her Twelve Men
I love this film and Garson, Ryan and Sullivan. I resent the implication that this movie is in any way like Goodbye Mr. Chips. It isn't. The only thing in common are little boys and Garson as a teacher. The scenarios are completely different. Sentimentality is not a dirty word. This country could use more of it and other values portrayed here as far as I am concerned. There are people who don't like to see women in strong roles and that is just too bad because Garson was a strong role model for women and a strong woman herself. And, she remains so. I believe she was very much like many of the characters she acted. There is not a single problem with this movie and I see it as a truly essential film.
- A. M. M.
I love This movie, it is great.
Mainly for Garson Fans
Greer Garson is my favorite actress of all times, bar none. So many stars have looks and/or charisma, which exceed their talent. They achieve box office draw with these charms, but not so much on critical review. To me, Ms. Garson has it all -- and, as a matter of record, she has scored in both categories. She has such a dimensional, charming presentation, making her fascinating to watch. Along with that, she is quite skillful in portrayal.This film - Her Twelve Men - is perhaps one of the few weak links in her chain of memorable films. The problem of diminishing offerings became a rueful experience for every Hollywood actress during those decades of studio contracts. Perhaps she did it to fulfill her contract and to keep working.Also, as the decade wore on, films became more daring, and Ms. Garson shunned the nudity and coarseness that was being introduced. She is credited with saying that motion pictures should reflect up to the sky, not down to the ground. I appreciate that sentiment. It was shared by others at that time as well.I think you have to particularly appreciate Ms. Garson to go this film. It's just so boring. And, I just can't like Robert Ryan. A smile seems to be a rarity for his face. He has a critical sort of look while in repose, and appears downright nasty in his negative scenes. He seems very unattractive to me in general, mainly because of this.So, mainly for Garson completists, as they say.
Her Twelve Men
- Michel Martine
I saw he film this morning before leaving for work. It was absolutely outstanding! I highly recommend it to any one who trully appreciates family values and what it means to love your child by communicating with them either by phone or letter. It can change or make their world.Outstanding performances by Greer Garson and Robert Ryan. I wish it would air again tonight - tomorrow and once a week every other week thereafter.Thanks fort making my day!...by the way I did not leave for work until it was over.