The Corn Is Green

The Corn Is Green

Bette Davis
Director: Irving Rapper Cast: Bette Davis
Bette Davis
, Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce
, John Dall
John Dall
Irving Rapper

DVD (Full Frame)

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In this 1945 filmization of Emlyn Williams' semi-autobiographical 1938 play The Corn is Green, Bette Davis steps into the role originated on Broadway by Ethel Barrymore. Davis plays Miss Moffat, a turn-of-the-century schoolteacher in a Welsh mining town. She has opened her own school in hopes of lowering the town's illiteracy rate, thus enabling the younger residents to seek out more fulfilling lives than merely sweating away in the mines until they drop. She runs into a great deal of resistance from mine-owner Nigel Bruce, who realizes that as soon as the citizens can read and write, they'll rebel against his benevolent despotry. Even Miss Moffat concludes that her mission is hopeless until she is visited by young miner John Dall, who wants to know "what is behind all those books." Within two years, Dall has made so much progress that he has qualified for Oxford. A last-minute snag involving Dall's illegitimate child is solved when Miss Moffet herself agrees to adopt the baby so that her student can complete his education. Emlyn Williams himself came from a backward mining town, and was himself inspired to better things by a compassionate schoolteacher; the pregnancy angle was (probably) added to provide the story with a third act. The Corn is Green was remade for television in 1978, with Katharine Hepburn as Miss Moffat. Watch for one amusing gaffe in the original: despite carefully setting up the premise that the villagers are illiterate, they are shown hovering around a poster and reading it out loud in an early scene.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
UPC: 0883316616956
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 25,887

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Miss Lilly Moffat
Nigel Bruce The Squire
John Dall Morgan Evans
Joan Lorring Bessie Watty
Mildred Dunnock Miss Ronberry
Rhys Williams Mr. Jones
Rosalind Ivan Mrs. Watty
Arthur Shields William Davis
Gwyneth Hughes Sarah Pugh
Thomas Louden Old Tom
Billy Roy Idwal Morris
Brandon Hurst Lewellyn Powell
Tony Ellis Will Hughes
Leslie Vincent John Owen
Robert Cherry Dai Evans
Gene Ross Gwilym Jones
Robert Regent Rhys Norman
Herbert Evans Actor
David Hilary Hughes Actor
Robert Cory Miners in Bar
Adeline Reynolds Old Woman Reading
John Dehner Welshman
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Watty's Friend
Margaret Hoffman Militant Corps woman
George Mathews Trap Driver
Leonard Mudie Station Master
Rhoda Williams Wylodine
Edmund Breon Actor

Technical Credits
Irving Rapper Director
Frank Cavett Screenwriter
Jack Chertok Producer
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Frederick Richards Editor
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Robert Vreeland Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

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