The New Pictures, Nov. 24, 1941

How Green Was My Valley (20th Century-Fox) is Hollywood's answer to Wordsworth's definition of poetry: emotion recollected in tranquillity. Its story (from Richard Llewellyn's novel) is an aging man's remembrance of his boyhood among a lyric, godly race of coal miners in a green Welsh valley. Because his recollections ring true, they are certain to evoke a similar nostalgia in all but the most slab-sided of moviegoers.

How Green is almost a photographed novel, is very nearly a silent picture with occasional dialogue sequences. Director John Ford has chosen the book's method to...

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