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.


Businessman Steve Bradford (James Cagney) looks for his illegitimate son after 20 years. He turns to Ann Dempster (Barbara Stanwyck), who runs an orphanage, but she is uncooperative.


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]

See also[edit]


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

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