The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Release Date: 1946-12-25

Runtime: 2 hours and 52 minutes

Genre(s): Drama, History, Romance

Language(s): English


It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?

Cast 28
Fredric March - Al Stephenson
Myrna Loy - Milly Stephenson
Dana Andrews - Fred Derry
Harold Russell - Homer Parrish
Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
Virginia Mayo - Marie Derry
Cathy O'Donnell - Wilma Cameron
Hoagy Carmichael - Butch Engle
Gladys George - Hortense Derry
Roman Bohnen - Pat Derry
Ray Collins - Mr. Milton
Minna Gombell - Mrs. Parrish
Walter Baldwin - Mr. Parrish
Steve Cochran - Cliff Scully
Dorothy Adams - Mrs. Cameron
Claire Du Brey - Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty - Salvage Foreman (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien - Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Bert Stevens - Man at Airport/Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Don Beddoe - Mr. Cameron
Marlene Aames - Luella Parrish
Charles Halton - Prew
Ray Teal - Mr. Mollett
Howland Chamberlain - Thorpe (as Howland Chamberlin)
Dean White - Novak
Erskine Sanford - Bullard
Michael Hall - Rob Stephenson
Victor Cutler - Woody Merrill
Directing 1
William Wyler - Director
Writing 2
MacKinlay Kantor - Novel
Robert E. Sherwood - Screenplay
Production 1
Samuel Goldwyn - Producer
Sound 2
Hugo Friedhofer - Original Music Composer
Richard DeWeese - Sound Recordist
Camera 1
Gregg Toland - Director of Photography
Editing 1
Daniel Mandell - Editor
Art 3
Perry Ferguson - Art Direction
George Jenkins - Art Direction
Julia Heron - Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up 1
Irene Sharaff - Costume Design
Lighting 1
Bill McLellan - Gaffer

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