The Human Comedy
The Human Comedy (1943)

In this filmization of William Saroyan's 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, is Collins'… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 2, 1943
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
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Outdoes Capra in cornball melodrama, but does it well.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
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Considerable talent in direction and acting, and if viewers are able to put their cynicism behind them, it is an enjoyable film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Sweet, sentimental comedy/drama has a few mawkish moments but overall an affecting film.
John Ballantine
A tad bit over sentimental but the picture of Ithaca, California serves as an oasis from the wars being fought elsewhere.