The Human Comedy (film)

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The Human Comedy is a 1943 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and adapted by Howard Estabrook.wikipedia
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Mickey Rooney

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The picture stars Mickey Rooney with Frank Morgan.
Clarence Brown, who directed him in two of his earliest dramatic roles, National Velvet and The Human Comedy, said he was "the closest thing to a genius I ever worked with".

Frank Morgan

the actor
The picture stars Mickey Rooney with Frank Morgan.
An actor with a wide range, Morgan was equally effective playing comical, befuddled men such as Jesse Kiffmeyer in Saratoga (1937) and Mr. Ferris in Casanova Brown (1944), as he was with more serious, troubled characters like Hugo Matuschek in The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Professor Roth in The Mortal Storm (1940) and Willie Grogan in The Human Comedy (1943).

Van Johnson

Also appearing in the film are James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins.
Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy-next-door wholesomeness (that) made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s," playing "the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor or bomber pilot who used to live down the street" in MGM films during the war years, with such films as Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, A Guy Named Joe, and The Human Comedy.

Jackie "Butch" Jenkins

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Also appearing in the film are James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins.
Born Jack Dudley Jenkins in Los Angeles, the son of actress Doris Dudley, Jenkins made his film debut at the age of six in The Human Comedy (1943) as Ulysses Macauley after an MGM talent scout saw him playing on a Santa Monica beach and admired his high spirits.

William Saroyan

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It is often thought to be based on the William Saroyan novel of the same name, but Saroyan actually wrote the screenplay first, was fired from the film project, and quickly wrote the novel and published it just before the film was released.
Saroyan was hired to write the screenplay and direct the film for MGM.

Donna Reed

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Also appearing in the film are James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins.
Reed had a support role in The Human Comedy (1943) with Mickey Rooney, a big film for MGM.

James Craig (actor)

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Also appearing in the film are James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins.
MGM launched Craig as a star in The Human Comedy (1943), which was a massive success.

Howard Estabrook

The Human Comedy is a 1943 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and adapted by Howard Estabrook.

Carl Switzer

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Carl Switzer, best known as "Alfalfa" in the Our Gang shorts, appears uncredited as Auggie, a friend of Ulysses.
Switzer had an uncredited role as Auggie in the 1943 film The Human Comedy.

Clarence Brown

film director
The Human Comedy is a 1943 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and adapted by Howard Estabrook.
The Human Comedy (1943) - Academy Award nominations for Best Director and for Best Picture

Fay Bainter

Also appearing in the film are James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins.

Dorothy Morris

Dorothy Morris as Mary Arena
Her next picture was the well-received drama The Human Comedy, which featured a star cast, headed by Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig and Marsha Hunt.

Ray Collins (actor)

Ray Collins
Also appearing in the film are James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins.

Darryl Hickman

Darryl Hickman as Lionel
Another notable role during this time included the war-time melodrama The Human Comedy, where he played a mentally slow child.

Marsha Hunt (actress, born 1917)

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Also appearing in the film are James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins.
Three of the films in which Hunt has appeared have won the Academy Award. Both Pride and Prejudice and Blossoms in the Dust received an Oscar in the category Academy Award for Best Production Design in 1941 and 1942 respectively. The Human Comedy received an Oscar in the now-defunct category Academy Award for Best Story in 1944.

Barry Nelson

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Barry Nelson, Robert Mitchum and Don DeFore appear together as boisterous soldiers in uncredited supporting roles.

Don DeFore

Barry Nelson, Robert Mitchum and Don DeFore appear together as boisterous soldiers in uncredited supporting roles.
The Human Comedy (1943) (uncredited)

Academy Award for Best Cinematography

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It won the Academy Award for Best Story and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Mickey Rooney), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Picture.

Alan Baxter (actor)

Alan Baxter
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The Human Comedy (1943) - Brad Stickman

Academy Award for Best Picture

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It won the Academy Award for Best Story and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Mickey Rooney), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Picture.

Louis B. Mayer

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Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, who suggested that this was his favorite film, also suggest a very definite "MGM house style".
The following year, 1943, saw the release of another Oscar-winning film, this one aimed at supporting the home front, entitled The Human Comedy. It was Mayer's personal favorite and the favorite of its director, Clarence Brown.

Henry O'Neill

Henry O'Neill as Charles Steed
The Human Comedy (1943) - Charles Steed

Academy Award for Best Story

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It won the Academy Award for Best Story and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Mickey Rooney), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Picture.