- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 16, 2010
- Originally Released: 1943
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1943 -
Best Motion Picture Story: William Saroyan
Description by OLDIES.com:
A heartwarming look at family and friendship, The Human Comedy is the poignant story of high school student Homer Macauley (Mickey Rooney) and the lives he touches while delivering telegrams throughout his small California town during the troubling years of World War II. Based on an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Saroyan (which he would later adapt into a bestselling novel), the movie received four Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Director, Actor (Rooney) and B&W Cinematography - and won for Best Story. Reportedly the favorite film of MGM studio Chief Louis B. Mayer, The Human Comedy is both moving and timeless, a masterful celebration of the American way of life.
Based on the novel by William Soroyan, this tearjerker tells the story of a World War II telegram delivery boy whose messages almost always spell disaster. The maudlin lad learns about life from his widowed mother and philosophical old boss.
Coming Of Age |
Tear Jerker |
World War II
- William Saroyan wrote the script for THE HUMAN COMEDY in 18 days and had a deal with MGM to produce and direct it himself. When the studio learned that the film would run four hours, they nixed the script. MGM also nixed Saroyan's agreement to make it and paid him $78,000 for the work. Saroyan left the studio and wrote a novel from the story of the script. THE HUMAN COMEDY became a best-seller when it was published in 1943, the same year the film opened.
- The original running time for the film was approximately 170 minutes and was shown as a sneak preview only once before MGM reedited it.