Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century.


Sam Wood


Thornton Wilder (play), Thornton Wilder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... George Gibbs
Martha Scott ... Emily Webb
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Gibbs
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Webb
Thomas Mitchell ... Dr. Gibbs
Guy Kibbee ... Mr. Webb
Stuart Erwin ... Howie Newsome
Frank Craven ... Mr. Morgan
Doro Merande ... Mrs. Soames
Philip Wood Philip Wood ... Simon Stimson
Ruth Tobey Ruth Tobey ... Rebecca Gibbs (as Ruth Toby)
Douglas Gardner Douglas Gardner ... Wally Webb
Arthur B. Allen Arthur B. Allen ... Professor Willard (as Arthur Allen)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Ferguson
Spencer Charters ... Constable Warren


Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors. Written by John Oswalt <>

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Drama | Romance


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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 6, 1940, with William Holden and Martha Scott reprising their film roles. See more »


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Mr. Webb: George, I was rememberin' the other night the advice my father gave me when I got married. Yes he said, "Charles," he said, "Start right off by showin' her who's boss. Best thing to do is to give an order, 'bout something, even if it don't make sense. Just so she'll learn to obey" he said. Then he said "if anything about her irritates you, conversation or anything, get right up and leave the house - that'll make it clear to her. And, oh yeah," he said, "Never tell your wife how much money you ...
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on an organ for the wedding
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You have to have life to love life.
18 May 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Thornton Wilder's play put to the screen, well almost. A laid back look at the lives, trials and tribulations of the citizens of a small New England town. Of course, the point is that each life tells a story. The acting seems a little wooden and most of the dialogue monotone. Still yet this is an oldie that will pull at your heart strings. You also examine how important it is to live your life everyday.

The cast includes William Holden, Martha Scott, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi and narrated by Frank Craven. Grab a cup of coffee and prop your feet up...and enjoy a classic.

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Release Date:

24 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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