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Watch The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Trailer

for movie with Myrna Loy as Milly Stephenson (Al's loving and devoted wife) and Fredric March as Al Stephenson (a banker who served as sergeant in 25th Infantry Division, which fought in the Philippines during WWII).

Dialogues

AL STEPHENSON: Who's that? MILLY: It's me. Milly. I brought your breakfast. AL STEPHENSON: Thanks. MILLY: Didn't think you'd be up for hours. Fredric March as Al StephensonAL STEPHENSON: You know, I had a dream. I dreamt I was home. I've had that same dream hundreds of times before. This time I wanted to find out if it's really true. Am I really home? MILLY: Looks like it. And you're going to be royally treated. You're having breakfast in bed. AL STEPHENSON: I seem to have a vague recollection that we had a couple of children. Is that right? MILLY: That's right. AL STEPHENSON: What ever became of them? MILLY: Rob's gone to school and Peggy's driving downtown with Fred. AL STEPHENSON: Fred? Oh, yeah, Fred. He's a great guy. MILLY: All right? There's your breakfast. I have work to do.
MILLY: He's called up every day to see if you'd got home. AL STEPHENSON: I guess they want you back at the bank. He wants me to drop in and talk about it. Myrna Loy as Milly StephensonMILLY: You're not going to work right away. You ought to rest a while, take a vacation. AL STEPHENSON: I've got to make money. Last year it was kill Japs, and this year it's make money. MILLY: We're all right for the time being. AL STEPHENSON: Why do they bother me like that the first day I get home? Why can't they give a fellow time to get used to his own family? Why don't you come over here and sit down? MILLY: Chair's liable to break. AL STEPHENSON: We can't be worrying about chairs. Not when they want me back in a nice fat job at a nice fat bank. MILLY: You don't seem very happy about it. AL STEPHENSON: I'm not. MILLY: Why not, darling? AL STEPHENSON: I can't help thinking about the other guys. All the ones who haven't got you. MILLY: You're crazy. AL STEPHENSON: No. Too sane for my own good.

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Directed by William Wyler; Produced by Samuel Goldwyn; Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood; Based on Glory for Me 1945 novella by MacKinlay Kantor; Starring: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Harold Russell; Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman; Cinematography by Gregg Toland; Edited by Daniel Mandell; Production company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.; Release date: November 21, 1946 (United States).

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Reception

American Film Institute included the film as #37 in its 1998 AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies 100 Greatest Movies and as #11 in its 2006 100 Years 100 Cheers America's Most Inspiring Movies.
In 1946 this became the most successful film at the box office since Gone with the Wind (1939), which was released seven years earlier.
The first Best Picture Oscar winner to also win an Academy Award for its score, which was in the category of Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
The apartment building in which Al Stephenson and his family live is located on 6914 Beverly Blvd near La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, not far from the Goldwyn Studios.
Through the high quality of acting performances, exceptional achievements in all film departments, his vibrant message it conveys, through its integrity and even its timeliness, we can say without exaggeration that it is one of the best films of our lives which we have seen.
Harold Russell (1914 - 2002) is still the only actor to ever receive two Oscars for the same role ( Best Supporting Actor and a Honorary Oscar for his inspiring performance). He lived with his family in Wayland, MA. and in 1992, he sold his Oscar statuette to pay his wife's medical bills.

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