The Best Years of our Lives, 1946, Directed by William Wyler, Samuel Goldwin Company


normal_bestyears24The Best Years of Our Lives, directed by William Wyler, 1946 – This is my all time favorite film. It tells the story of three soldiers returning home from World War II. Perhaps what I like the most is that its subject lets you see what it must have really been like when GI’s returned home after WWII. Normally, we don’t get to glimpse average people with average life struggles who face problems of adjusting to life after such a war.

The cinematography is superb and the directing is flawless. William Wyler is definitely one of the best directors ever and that may be why there are two other films he directed which are on my list. The film won nine Academy awards including best picture, best actor (Frederic March), best supporting actor, including honrary award (Harold Russell), best director, William Wyler and more.

The cast includes:

  • Myrna Loy…. Milly Stephenson
  • Fredric March …. Al Stephenson
  • Dana Andrews …. Fred Derry
  • Teresa Wright …. Peggy Stephenson
  • Virginia Mayo …. Marie Derry
  • Cathy O’Donnell …. Wilma Cameron
  • Hoagy Carmichael …. Uncle Butch Engle
  • Harold Russell …. Homer Parrish
  • Gladys George …. Hortense Derry
  • Roman Bohnen …. Pat Derry
  • Ray Collins …. Mr. Milton
  • Minna Gombell …. Mrs. Parrish
  • Walter Baldwin …. Mr. Parrish
  • Steve Cochran …. Cliff Scully, Marie’s Boyfriend
  • Dorothy Adams …. Mrs. Cameron

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Review of the film:

The Best Years of Our Lives – Trailer [1946] [19th Oscar Best Picture]

The Best Years of Our Lives – Homecoming

The Best Years of Our Lives – Homer and Wilma

Aircraft Graveyard scene from The Best Years of Our Lives

Best Years of Our Lives – Nightmare

Be sure to check out my section devoted to the star of this film Myrna Loy.


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