It's a quaint turn-of-the-century small town of shady streets, swimming holes and the Sunday afternoon clip-clop of horse and buggy. But that peaceful exterior conceals human lives twisted by cruelty, murder and madness. Kings Row is one of Warner Bros.' most distinguished productions, highlighted by an outstanding cast, haunting James Wong Howe cinematography and a somber, emotion-laden Erich Wolfgang Korngold score. Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Betty Field, Claude Rains and Charles Coburn give indelible performances and Ronald Reagan's portrayal of Drake, a cheerful ne'er-do-well shattered by tragedy, has been hailed as his career best. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Kings Row is a powerful American saga of dreams, despair and triumph.
Henry Bellaman's controversial, best-selling epic novel about cruelty and mental instability in small-town America is brought to the screen by directing great Sam Wood and top-notch cinematographer James Wong Howe. In KINGS ROW, Paris Mitchell (Robert Cummings) gives up a promising career as a musician in order to study psychiatry. But before he ever gets near the psychoanalytic Mecca of Vienna, Mitchell has plenty of cases to study right in his small midwestern home.
Ronald Reagan turns in the most powerful performance of his career as Mitchell's easygoing companion, Drake McHugh, while knockout Ann Sheridan carries the film with her stellar performance as Randy Monaghan, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Both will face needless tragedies perpetrated by human hands in this dour look at the home front during WWII.
The fine script, excellent directing, stunning score, and spectacular performances make KING'S ROW one of the few Golden Era tragedies to stand the test of time.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Mid 1950's TV series.
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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, star Ronald Reagan managed to keep KINGS ROW off the airwaves, presumably to protect his political career.