The New Pictures, Mar. 31, 1947

The Late George Apley (20th Century-Fox), as a J. P. Marquand novel, was a cleverly genteel variant on the water-drip torture. The story told, in deadpan style, of the gradual destructiveness of a whole mode of life. Like the play which was made from the novel, the movie sacrifices the subtleties of gradualism for dramatic frame and focus.

The Apley clan is examined during a few months of 1912-13, when George (Ronald Colman) is badly upset because his son (Richard Ney) is in love with a Worcester girl. Worse still, his daughter (Peggy Cummins) wants to marry a Yale graduate who is...

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