The Green Years (film)

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The Green Years
Cronin Green Years poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Victor Saville
Produced by Leon Gordon
Written by Robert Ardrey
Sonya Levien
A. J. Cronin (novel)
Starring Charles Coburn
Tom Drake
Beverly Tyler
Hume Cronyn
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Robert Kern
Distributed by Loew's
Release dates
  • July 4, 1946 (1946-07-04)
Running time
127 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,280,000[1]
Box office $6,654,000[1]

The Green Years is a 1946 American comedy-drama film featuring Charles Coburn, Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler and Hume Cronyn, based on A. J. Cronin's novel of the same name. It tells the story of the coming-of-age of an Irish orphan in Scotland and was directed by Victor Saville.


Robert Shannon, a young orphan, is sent to live with his Scottish grandparents. His great-grandfather becomes the lad's mentor/father figure, helping him overcome the challenges of youth, and mollifying the cold stinginess of Robert's grandfather. The young Robert suffers life's trials, and the kind, old great-grandfather, despite given to drink and tall tales, is always there to help him rebound. In time, the intelligent Robert grows into a teenager, and comes to love his childhood friend Alison. He proceeds to attend medical college, and attains a career before marrying his sweetheart.



The film was very popular at the box office. According to MGM records it made $4,222,000 in the US and Canada and $2,432,000 elsewhere, leading to a profit of $1,941,000.[1] It was one of the most popular films of the year.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "60 Top Grossers of 1946", Variety 8 January 1947 p8

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