The Human Comedy
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Author William Saroyan's corn-shucking brand of sentimentality works wonders in this 1943 filmization of his novel. Narrator Ray Collins is dead before the film begins; thus he is able to provide an all-seeing overview of the tiny community of Ithaca, California. The principal character, played by Mickey Rooney, is Collins' son; as the delivery boy for the local telegraph office, Rooney keeps in close contact with virtually every family in town, which results in several comic and poignant moments. Rooney's older brother Van Johnson is in uniform, off fighting World War II; his… More
Trailer

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Outdoes Capra in cornball melodrama, but does it well."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Since Mickey Rooney was then at the height of his popularity, many viewers saw it as just another episode of the Andy Hardy series, but it was actually a bittersweet small-town saga, in the vein of Capra, dealing with the inevitable loss of innocence"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Considerable talent in direction and acting, and if viewers are able to put their cynicism behind them, it is an enjoyable film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
More reviews for The Human Comedy on Rotten Tomatoes