Kings Row
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A seemingly quiet Midwestern town is the hiding place for a number of sordid secrets in this melodrama based on Henry Bellamann's best-selling novel. Parris Mitchell (Scotty Beckett) is a young boy growing up in the town of King's Row, where he becomes close friends with Cassandra (Mary Thomas), a quiet girl who isn't popular with the other children. Parris is also friends with Louise (Joan Duvalle), a rich girl who looks down on others; Drake (Douglas Croft), a good-natured but self-centered type; and Randy (Ann Todd), a girl with a wild tomboy streak. It's a testimony to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film that made the future President Reagan a movie star."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A wonderful guilty pleasure potboiler enchanced by a magnificent Korngold score and fine acting from Ronald Reagan in the performance of his career. Only lead Robert Cummings is weak as Paris Mitchell; just imagine James Cagney in the role!"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The film is dark, incredibly so for a mainstream movie before World War II."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Sam Wood's Oscar-nominated small-town tale is one of the darkest melodramas Hollywood made in the 1940s, full of neurotic personalities and perverse secrets."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Classic soap opera, maybe all time best; certainly Reagan's best"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Kings Row (1942) combines a turn-of-the-century setting with a small-town melodrama uncovering evil and depravity."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"...while episodic and sentimental and filled with all kinds of unlikely turns of events, there is no denying the characters are endearing and the ending uplifting."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Unpleasant soap opera, but well made."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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