Kings Row

Synopsis: Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under the father of his sweetheart Cassie, while Drake plans on becoming a local businessman when he receives his full inheritance - juggling girlfriends in the meantime. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams.
Director(s): Sam Wood
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

What are you waiting for?

- So long, Drake.

- Parris!

- Hello, Cassie.

- Hello, Parris.

I'll get another one.

It's warm.

Warm enough to go in swimming, I guess.

Unbutton my back. I can't reach.

- There.

- Thanks.

It's not so warm on the bottom.

Girls have to go in gradual.

I'll be glad when school's out, won't you?

We'll go swimming every day then,

won't we?

I'll have to dry my hair out

so Papa won't know.

He'd take a switch to me, I guess.

You're awfully pretty, Cassie.

- Am I? Honestly?

- You bet.

I guess you're the prettiest girl

in the whole school.

- Goodbye, then.

- Goodbye.

But I'm late with my practicing.

Here's something came for you,

delivered most impressively

by a young lady.

Thank you.

- You are hungry?

- Of course.

Louise Gordon is having a party

on Saturday, too.

The same day

as Cassandra Tower's birthday party.

I bet she did it on purpose.

Well, you go to the Gordons,

if you want my opinion.

Anna, Parris has learned

to decide for himself

what's right and what's wrong.

Just the same, there is something queer

about those Towers.

A doctor who says he's a doctor,

but never has a patient.

And his wife, who stays

in that upstairs room all the time.

It gives a person the creeps.

It ain't the proper association

for a boy like him...

I don't care what anybody says

about the Towers.

I'm going to Cassie's party.

Would you like to play some more games?

No, I wouldn't.

I wish everybody'd go home.

I'll go home if you want me to.

Then maybe the others will follow suit.

I invited ever so many.


I'll go say my goodbyes.

Mrs. Tower.

Oh, Mrs. Tower!

Mrs. Tower!

Oh, Mrs. Tower.

- Boy, where are you going?

- To say goodbye to Mrs. Tower, sir.

That won't be necessary.

Grand-mre told me to be sure

to pay my respects, Dr. Tower.

I'll see that Mrs. Tower

receives your message.

Why didn't she come down, sir?

- Doesn't Cassie's mother like parties?

- Cassandra, here's a guest leaving.

- Goodbye, Cassie.

- Goodbye.

Oh, gee, what a shame.

- All that ice cream and cake, too.

- I imagine we'll survive it.

- I had a lovely time, sir.

- Goodbye. Thank you for coming.

Thank you for inviting me.

- You're Parris Mitchell, aren't you?

- Yes, sir.

Give my regards to your grandmother.

Come, Parris! Come on in!

Oh, let him alone. We don't want him.

Hey, Parris. Wait a minute.

That sure was a sissy party.

- How was Cassie's?

- How did you think it would be?

Well, heck, Parris. Don't bark at me.

I'm kind of ashamed of myself as it is.

Everybody showing up at Louise's.

Even me.

But I left to come with you, didn't I?

- That's why you did? Just to be with me?

- Sure it is.

Let's go down to the depot.

Maybe we'll run into Fulmer Green

and his gang.

They're tough as all get-out.

"Baltimore and Ohio."

Oh, "Chesapeake and Illinois".

Look, there's one from way out West.

Denver and Rio Grande.

I bet that's a good railroad, don't you?

Hi, Drake. Hi, Parris.

- Up here on the fence.

- Hiya, Red.

- What you doing up there?

- Oh, this is where I live.

- What are you all doing way down here?

- Going down to Elroy's icehouse.

- What for?

- Swing on the rings.

- Why don't you come, too?

- All right.

You go on. I'll catch up with you.

- Why didn't she come right along with us?

- Say, you don't know much, do you?

I guess her old man knows better

than to let her go around with boys.

She's kind of tough, though.

You ought hear her cuss.

Watch this.

Oh, I can do that.

Try this!

Here I come.


- Go on, Parris, you skin the cat.

- Go ahead, Parris.

I'll bet you can't do it.

Go on, hurry up!

Come on.

Try it again. Try it again.

Trouble is your pants are too tight.

Take them off, why don't you?

I can't.

I haven't got anything on under them.

Oh! Bye, you all.

I'm coming down

this way again sometime, Red.

All right! It's a free country. I guess.

Look at those horses.

Doc Gordon's buggy, ain't it?

Willy McIntosh.

I heard his pa's sicker than a cat.

You ask him. You're gonna be a doctor.

I'm sorry about your father, Willy.

What's Dr. Gordon going to do to him?

He's going to do an operation!

Pa's got ulcers on his leg.

- What's ulcers?

- I don't know.

They're terrible bad, though.

- He's got to have them cut out.

- I hope your father will...

He's got to quit that. That's my pa!

Didn't Dr. Gordon

give your old man chloroform?

The doctor says he's got heart disease.

I thought they had to give chloroform

for an operation.

He's gotta quit that. He's gotta quit!

I'll kill that old doctor. I'll kill him!

Let's get out of here.

I never heard a grown man cry and holler

like that before, did you?

Bye, Drake. I had a good time today.

Sure. Why not?

You stick with me

and I can teach you a lot.

I guess you can, all right.

Sure. We're friends

and we ought to go on being friends.

Drake McHugh.

Get in here and do your chores!

All right, Aunt Mamie!

Here's where I catch it again.

- Remember what I just said.

- I sure will, Drake.


For heaven sake. Is that you, Cassie?

Where have you been?

Well, down to the tracks

with Drake McHugh,

and to Elroy's icehouse.

He and I and Randy Monaghan

swung on the rings.

Did you swing on the rings

with Randy Monaghan?

That doesn't mean anything.

Say, don't you know it's almost dark.

I just had to tell you something,

something terrible.

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Casey Robinson

Kenneth Casey Robinson (October 17, 1903 – December 6, 1979) was an American producer and director of mostly B movies and a screenwriter responsible for some of Bette Davis' most revered films. Film critic Richard Corliss once described him as "the master of the art – or craft – of adaptation." more…

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