Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams.
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I completely misunderstood this one: firstly I was convinced that there was an incestuous relation between Cassandra and her father, hence the murder and the suicide, and then, when I saw Robert Cummings kissing Ronald Reagan who had just lost both legs, I said to myself: "There's plenty of gay subtext here!". But, you see, Kings Row is a film about the beginnings of psychoanalysis in the USA so be lenient. Thx.
3.5 stars. I love the intensity. It seems to have a current of energy that flows through it. The performances reflect this, particularly Sheridan, who is wonderful and Cummings, who is strange. Sam Wood, whatever one thinks of him as a human being, is a solid director. When he gets the right material, such as "Saratoga Trunk," he knows what to do with it. Reagan gives a very good performance, by the way.
Decent 40s melodrama, but not anything to write home about. Suffers from some bad acting at times, especially from Cummings. You know its rough when Reagan comes close to stealing the movie as a supporting player. Sheridan is solid as usual though. Just a really odd story, not sure I'd recommend it unless you are big fan of Sheridans like I and try to catch a lot of her performances.