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Our Town

Sam Wood's leaden 1940 version of the Thornton Wilder play softens or discards most of the stage tricks, which pretty well makes mush of the conception. Wood had no discernible talent, yet he made more than his fair share of these prestige projects (King's Row, For Whom the Bell Tolls), which proves how easily heaviness passes for seriousness. But William Holden and Martha Scott are quite good here, and there are some William Cameron Menzies sets and an Aaron Copland score to relieve the eye and ear. With Frank Craven, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter, Guy Kibbee, Beulah Bondi, and Stuart Erwin. 90 min.

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