Director: John Ford
Cast: Maureen O”Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon
Synopsis: Huw Morgan, an old man who has decided to leave his Welch valley forever, tells his story. Huw is the youngest in a family of 6 brothers and 1 sister and the film centers on his struggle toward manhood amid conflicting demands of faith, economics, education and family loyalty. Set in a Welsh mining community at the beginning of the 20th century, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn. Welsh choral music and quaint patterns of speech are nice period details.
Rochester Labor Film Series
January 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm
“When Twentieth Century Fox producer Darryl Zanuck bought the movie rights to How Green Was My Valley, he had in mind an epic film to rival Gone With The Wind…But Zanuck was unhappy with the portrayal of the mine owners in the initial studio script which adhered closely to the novel’s account of union organizing and the strike: “I’ll be damned if I want to go around making the employer class out-and-out villains in this day and age”…
– Jon Garlock, in his introduction to the Rochester Labor Film series screening on 25 September 2009