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The Sun Shines Bright (2-May-1953)

Director: John Ford

Writer: Laurence Stallings

From stories by: Irvin S. Cobb (stories by)

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jane Darwell
15-Oct-1879 13-Aug-1967 The bird woman in Mary Poppins
Stepin Fetchit
30-May-1902 19-Nov-1985 Professional black stereotype
Mae Marsh
9-Nov-1895 13-Feb-1968 The Birth of a Nation
Henry O'Neill
10-Aug-1891 18-May-1961 Anchors Aweigh
Slim Pickens
29-Jun-1919 8-Dec-1983 Tough cowboy actor
John Russell
3-Jan-1921 19-Jan-1991 Lawman
Russell Simpson
17-Jun-1880 12-Dec-1959 The Grapes of Wrath
Milburn Stone
5-Jul-1904 12-Jun-1980 Doc Adams on Gunsmoke
Arleen Whelan
1-Sep-1914 7-Apr-1993 Castle in the Desert
Charles Winninger
26-May-1884 27-Jan-1969 Show Boat
Grant Withers
17-Jan-1904 27-Mar-1959 American character actor


Review by brian engel (posted on 4-May-2008)

This film is another of John Ford's enigmatic and alegorical pieces which, along with The Man Who Shot Libery Valance, presents a Russian doll of many layers of symbolism which can be stripped away or apprecaited at face value, as you choose. However you chose to view these films and on whatever level you appreciate them they entertain, provoke and challenge the viewer. The Sun Shines Bright lies somewhere in Deepst Fordland, between Liberty Valance and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird It's a place where I would like to live, for a while, to smoke on verandas and sip juleps on a porch swing on hot sultry nights, listening to mockingbirds and watching fireflies. Confront the angry townsfolk (who are forever stirred up by the misdeeds of whoever's being held in the cells) on the steps of the town hall/courthouse/sheriffs office, perhaos waving a Civil War pistol until they disperse, muttering, back into the saloons and houses from whence they came...its one of my favourite cliches that may or may not have happened somewhere, sometime, and if its not true it ought to be!

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