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Ah, Wilderness (MGM 1935, Lionel Barrymore, Spring Byington)

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Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy is the basis for this atmospheric story of life in small-town New England. After high school, a young man steers his way to maturity under the watchful eyes of his parents and despite his introduction to the ways of the world by Beery.

Ah, Wilderness was remade as a musical by MGM in 1948 under the title Summer Holiday. Mickey Rooney appears in both versions, playing mischievous younger brother Tommy in the original and elder brother Richard in the remake.

production details
USA | MGM | 98 minutes | 1935

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Director: Clarence Brown
Producer: Hunt Stromberg
Original Story: Eugene O’Neill
Cinematography: Clyde De Vinna
Editor: Frank E. Hull
Music: Herbert Stothart
Script: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning

cast
Wallace Beery as Uncle Sid
Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Nat Miller
Aline MacMahon as Cousin Lily
Eric Linden as Richard Miller
Cecilia Parker as Muriel McComber
Spring Byington as Mrs. Essie Miller
Mickey Rooney as Tommy Miller
Charley Grapewin as Mr. Dave McComber
Frank Albertson as Arthur Miller
Edward Nugent as Wint (as Edward Nugent)
Bonita Granville as Mildred Miller
Helen Flint as Belle
Helen Freeman as Miss Hawley
Baby Peggy as Schoolgirl at Graduation (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham as Mildred’s Friend (uncredited)
Leigh De Lacey as Mrs. McComber (uncredited)
Mary Russell as Elsie Rand (uncredited)


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