Kings Row
Kings Row (1942)

Ronald Reagan stars in Sam Wood's grim look at small-town life at the turn of the century and the romantic entanglements that arise there. Reagan plays Drake, a playboy whose love for childhood sweetheart Randy (Ann Sheridan) leads to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film that made the future President Reagan a movie star.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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!

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The film is dark, incredibly so for a mainstream movie before World War II.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Classic soap opera, maybe all time best; certainly Reagan's best

Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Kings Row (1942) combines a turn-of-the-century setting with a small-town melodrama uncovering evil and depravity.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Unpleasant soap opera, but well made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Based on a dark, soapy bestselling novel, this is definitely one of Ronald Reagan's best performances, if not THE best. Like "Peyton Place", the… More
jay nixon
Good film could have been great with better male leads, the female stars are excellent though.
John Ballantine
Reagan's leap to stardom through this? Well its okay. It's a bit too much like a soap opera but we have passable acting with neurotic folks… More