These Wilder Years

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These Wilder Years
These Wilder Years FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Roy Rowland
Produced by Jules Schermer
Written by Ralph Wheelwright (story)
Frank Fenton
Starring James Cagney
Barbara Stanwyck
Walter Pidgeon
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Ben Lewis
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • August 17, 1956 (1956-08-17)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,257,000[1]
Box office $877,000[1]

These Wilder Years is a 1956 drama film directed by Roy Rowland, and starring James Cagney and Barbara Stanwyck. It is the story of a businessman who tries to find the illegitimate son he gave up to an orphanage many years ago.

These Wilder Years marked the first onscreen pairing of Hollywood stars Cagney and Stanwyck.


Lonely middle-aged businessman Steve Bradford (James Cagney) returns to his old town in hopes of finding the son he fathered 20 years earlier. Choosing his career over marriage and family, he got a girl pregnant and she gave the baby up for adoption. He goes to an orphanage run by Ann Dempster (Barbara Stanwyck) to find out information about his son.[2]


Box office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $572,000 in the US and Canada and $305,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $600,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
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