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The Human Comedy (1943)

The Human Comedy (1943)

aka The Human Comedy

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Details: 117 mins · English


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Small Homer Macauley
Small Willie Grogan
Small Tom Spangler
Small Diana Steed
Small Mrs. Macauley
Small Mr. Macauley
Small Marcus Macauley
Small Bess Macauley
No_movie_poster Ulysses Macauley
No_movie_poster Mary Arena
No_movie_poster Tobey George
No_movie_poster Mrs. Sandoval
No_movie_poster Miss Hicks
Small Charles Steed
No_movie_poster Mrs. Steed
Small Brad Stickman
No_movie_poster Lionel
Small Fat
No_movie_poster Helen Elliot
Small Henderson
No_movie_poster Librarian


No_movie_poster Cedric Gibbons Art Direction
No_movie_poster Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Hugh Hunt Other
No_movie_poster Harry Stradling Sr. Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Jack Dawn Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Douglas Shearer Recording Supervision
No_movie_poster Conrad A. Nervig Editor
No_movie_poster Herbert Stothart Music
Small Clarence Brown Director
No_movie_poster Howard Estabrook Screenplay
No_movie_poster William Saroyan Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Irene Costume Supervisor
No_movie_poster Ernst Matray Other
No_movie_poster Paul Groesse Art Direction
Small Clarence Brown Production
No_movie_poster Conrad A. Nervig Editing


The Human Comedy is a 1943 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and adapted by Howard Estabrook. 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 movie project, and quickly wrote the novel and published it just before the film was released.[citation needed] It starred Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins. Robert Mitchum and Don DeFore appear uncredited as buddies of a soldier Barry Nelson with a night off from training, trying to meet girls and take in a movie.

The film is a largely plotless story of the teenaged Homer Macauley (Rooney) in high school, working part-time as a telegram delivery boy, in the fictional town of Ithaca, California, during World War II. The effects of the war on the "Home Front" over a year in Homer's life are depicted in sentimental scenarios involving himself, his family, friends, and neighbors, and acquaintances encountered. The storyline is directed by a narrator, Homer's deceased father (Ray Collins).