Our Very Own (1950)

89 or 92-93 mins | Drama | July 1950

Director:

David Miller

Writer:

F. Hugh Herbert

Producer:

Samuel Goldwyn

Cinematographer:

Lee Garmes

Editor:

Sherman Todd

Production Designer:

Richard Day

Production Company:

Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Beloved Over All and With All My Love . A 6 Jun 1949 HR news item reported that David Niven had been cast, but he was not in the film. Aug 1949 HR news items add Jimmy Crane, Jacklyn Imoor and Manette Colton to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Ann Blyth was borrowed from Universal-International for this production. Our Very Own marked the motion picture debut of actress Phyllis Kirk (1929--2006) and was David Miller's first directing assignment for Samuel Goldwyn.
       The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording. Modern sources add Harold Lloyd, Jr. to the cast. Farley Granger and Joan Evans repeated their roles on a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 11 Jun 1951, with Diana Lynn in the role created by Ann Blyth. Our Very Own was also broadcast on the Lux Radio Theatre on 5 Oct 1953, with Joan Evans, Robert Wagner and Terry ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Beloved Over All and With All My Love . A 6 Jun 1949 HR news item reported that David Niven had been cast, but he was not in the film. Aug 1949 HR news items add Jimmy Crane, Jacklyn Imoor and Manette Colton to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Ann Blyth was borrowed from Universal-International for this production. Our Very Own marked the motion picture debut of actress Phyllis Kirk (1929--2006) and was David Miller's first directing assignment for Samuel Goldwyn.
       The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording. Modern sources add Harold Lloyd, Jr. to the cast. Farley Granger and Joan Evans repeated their roles on a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 11 Jun 1951, with Diana Lynn in the role created by Ann Blyth. Our Very Own was also broadcast on the Lux Radio Theatre on 5 Oct 1953, with Joan Evans, Robert Wagner and Terry Moore. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Apr 1950.
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Daily Variety
20 Mar 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Mar 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 49
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Oct 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 50
pp. 3-4.
Los Angeles Times
5 Sep 1950.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Mar 50
p. 237.
New York Times
28 Jul 50
p. 12.
Newsweek
7 Aug 1950.
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Variety
22 Mar 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus arr
Mus arr
SOUND
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Grip
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Beloved Over All
With All My Love
Release Date:
July 1950
Production Date:
15 August--12 October 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1949
Copyright Number:
LP274
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89 or 92-93
Length(in feet):
8,348
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14260
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Gail Macaulay, who lives in Los Angeles, California, is about to graduate from high school. She is going steady with a handsome young television deliveryman named Chuck, but her younger sister Joan has a crush on him and is jealous of their relationship. On Gail's eighteenth birthday, she and Chuck take his delivery truck to a secluded section of the beach and declare their love for each other. Meanwhile, Joan asks her mother Lois for her birth certificate so she can get a summer job, and Lois, who is busy preparing for Gail's birthday party, directs Joan to a box in her dresser. While retrieving the birth certificate, Joan discovers an envelope marked "Gail's adoption papers." Lois suddenly becomes concerned, and when her husband Fred comes home, confesses her fear that Joan saw the envelope. That evening, at the birthday, Joan flirts shamelessly with Chuck, to the annoyance of Gail and her parents. After the party, Gail confronts her sister, and Joan starts to blurt out the truth about Gail's adoption just as their parents enter the room. Fred and Lois ask Gail's forgiveness for not telling her sooner, but Gail goes to her room, brushing aside the remorseful Joan, and removes the engraved locket her parents gave her for her birthday. The next morning, Lois tells Gail that her biological father was killed in an accident before she was born, but her mother is alive. Lois agrees to have their lawyer arrange a meeting with Gail's birth mother, but decides to visit the woman, Gert Lynch first. Gert, who lives in the poor section of Long Beach, is moved to tears when Lois shows ... +


Gail Macaulay, who lives in Los Angeles, California, is about to graduate from high school. She is going steady with a handsome young television deliveryman named Chuck, but her younger sister Joan has a crush on him and is jealous of their relationship. On Gail's eighteenth birthday, she and Chuck take his delivery truck to a secluded section of the beach and declare their love for each other. Meanwhile, Joan asks her mother Lois for her birth certificate so she can get a summer job, and Lois, who is busy preparing for Gail's birthday party, directs Joan to a box in her dresser. While retrieving the birth certificate, Joan discovers an envelope marked "Gail's adoption papers." Lois suddenly becomes concerned, and when her husband Fred comes home, confesses her fear that Joan saw the envelope. That evening, at the birthday, Joan flirts shamelessly with Chuck, to the annoyance of Gail and her parents. After the party, Gail confronts her sister, and Joan starts to blurt out the truth about Gail's adoption just as their parents enter the room. Fred and Lois ask Gail's forgiveness for not telling her sooner, but Gail goes to her room, brushing aside the remorseful Joan, and removes the engraved locket her parents gave her for her birthday. The next morning, Lois tells Gail that her biological father was killed in an accident before she was born, but her mother is alive. Lois agrees to have their lawyer arrange a meeting with Gail's birth mother, but decides to visit the woman, Gert Lynch first. Gert, who lives in the poor section of Long Beach, is moved to tears when Lois shows her pictures of Gail, but says that her husband Jim must never find out that she had a child. Lois arranges for Gail to meet Gert the following evening, when Jim is out bowling. The evening of the meeting, Chuck comes by, but Gail leaves him with little explanation and drives away with her friend, Zaza Brooks. While the girls are on the road, Lois gets a panicked call from Gert, who says her husband canceled his bowling game and is bringing friends over to play cards. On Lois' advice, Gert waits outside her home, but Jim calls her in to prepare refreshments just as Gail and Zaza arrive. Gail enters the smoky, crowded house, and Gert nervously pretends before her husband and guests that Gail is the daughter of an old friend. After trying unsuccessfully to find a place where they can speak privately, Gert explains the situation and apologizes. Gail returns to the car and lies to her friend about how well the reunion went, then asks to spend the night with Zaza. Lois and Fred worry when Gail fails to return, and Chuck goes to Zaza's house and reproaches Gail for turning her back on those who love her. The day of the high school graduation arrives, and Gail is surprised to learn that Zaza's wealthy father is skipping the ceremony to attend a party out of town. At the commencement ceremony, Gail is called up to give her speech on the privilege of citizenship, and delivers the speech with great dignity, imbuing it with a touching message about the true meaning of family. Afterward, Gail joyfully embraces her parents and sisters, and she and Chuck kiss. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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