How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Cast | Crew
| Awards |
Review | Articles
| Downloads | Links
| Image Credits
"There is no fence
or hedge around time that has gone. You can go back and have what you like
if you remember it well enough." -- from Richard Llewellyn's
Green Was My Valley.
Ford wanted to
film HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY in its natural setting,
Wales, but World War II ruled out this possibility. Instead, he built a
replica of a Welsh mining town in an area of the Santa Monica Mountains known as
Brent’s Crag (renamed Century Ranch when the Twentieth-Century
Fox bought the property in 1946). The effects are magnificent, and one of the film's five Oscars
went to Richard Day, Nathan Juran and Thomas Little for their Art/ Set
Decoration. It is said that over 150 workman labored six months to build
the village set, and though it no longer stands, the area itself is now
part of Malibu Creek State Park.
- "Nature is the handmaiden of the Lord." --Mr.
- "My business is anything that comes between men and
the Spirit of God." –-Mr. Gruffydd.
- "Very well then. Here is what I think: first, have
your union. You need it. Alone you are weak. Together you are strong.
But remember that with strength goes responsibility to others and
yourselves, for you cannot conquer injustice with more injustice -– only
with justice, and the help of God." –-Mr. Gruffydd.
- "As your father cleans his lamp to have good light,
so keep clean your spirit... By prayer, Huw. And by prayer I don't mean
shouting and mumbling and wallowing like a hog in religious sentiment.
Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking. When you
pray, think. Think well what you're saying. Make your thoughts into
things that are solid. And that way your prayer will have strength. And
that strength will become a part of you -– body, mind and spirit." –-Mr. Gruffydd.
- "Men like my father cannot die. They are with me
still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever.
How green was my valley then." -–Narrator.
Though the twelve-year-old had already appeared in a score
of movies, Roddy McDowall came
into his own as young Huw Morgan in HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY.
Shown here in a still with Sara
Allgood as Mrs. Beth Morgan (a role for which she earned a Best Supporting
Actress nomination), it is through young Huw's eyes that we observe the
deterioration of the Welsh mining town and the Morgan family, as well as
the efforts of one local preacher, Mr. Gruffydd (Walter
Pidgeon), to hold them all together.
Go the the next
Page 1 | Page 2