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  • TBC
  • Drama
  • 1944
  • 151 mins

American Romance, An

American Romance, An


King Vidor's monumental film (two years in the making and very expensive for its time) tracks a Czech immigrant steelworker's rise to wealth and power. Donlevy plays the part of a lifetime as Dangos. The film spans 50 years, from Dangos's humble beginnings as a miner and steelworker, to his success as a top industrialist whose factory's contributes to the war effort. Vidor's fascination with the mechanics of mining, steel-making and car manufacture adds an intriguing documentary feel to this epic.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: John Qualen, Brian Donlevy, Bob Lowell, Stephen McNally, Mary McLeod
  • Director: King Vidor
  • Writer: Herbert Dalmas, William Ludwig
  • Producer: King Vidor
  • Photographer: Harold Rosson

In a nutshell

It takes a while to get going, but is an exemplary piece of film-making nevertheless.

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