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The Valley of Decision (1945)

aka The Valley of Decision

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Details: 119 mins · Deutsch


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Small Mary Rafferty
Small Paul Scott
Small William Scott
Small Pat Rafferty
Small Jim Brennan
Small Constance Scott
Small Clarissa Scott
Small McCready
Small William Scott Jr.
Small Louise Kane
No_movie_poster Delia
Small Ted Scott
No_movie_poster Kate Shannon
No_movie_poster Mrs. Callahan
No_movie_poster Giles
Small Mr. Laurence Gaylord
No_movie_poster Julia Gaylord
Small Callahan
Small Paulie
No_movie_poster Mrs. Laurence Gaylord


No_movie_poster John Meehan Screenplay
No_movie_poster Blanche Sewell Editor
No_movie_poster Joseph Ruttenberg Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Sonya Levien Screenplay
No_movie_poster Herbert Stothart Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Tay Garnett Director
No_movie_poster Edwin H. Knopf Producer
No_movie_poster Marcia Davenport Novel
No_movie_poster Blanche Sewell Editing


The Valley of Decision (1945) is a film set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in the late 19th century. It tells the story of a young Irish house maid who falls in love with the son of her employer, a local steel mill owner. The romance between Paul and Mary is endangered when Mary's family and friends, all steel mill workers, go on strike against Paul's father.

The movie stars Greer Garson as Mary Rafferty, Gregory Peck as Paul Scott, Donald Crisp, Lionel Barrymore, Preston Foster, Marsha Hunt, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, Dan Duryea and Jessica Tandy.

The movie was adapted by Sonya Levien and John Meehan from the novel (1943) by Marcia Davenport. The film was directed by Tay Garnett.

Besides being a romance, the film has messages about social issues surrounding Pittsburgh at the time. Early in the film, the steel industry is being bought up by big names, but the Scott family refuses to sell their mill. Paul, the only son who cares about the steel mill and the workers, gives a very stirring speech.

Later in the film, there are rumors that the union is calling for violence and Will Scott Jr. wants to bring in strike-breakers. The scene ends as rocks are thrown through the window and hit Paul. In the next scene, Mary goes to talk to her family and confirms that the union was not responsible for the rock-throwing. Mary, Paul, William Scott Sr., Mary's father (years ago injured in the mill) and the union leader try to come to an agreement, but Will Scott Jr. may have taken steps that could ruin all agreements and commitments.

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Greer Garson) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.

The railroad station is misspelled 'Alleghany City.'

Release Dates:

DVD : 1994-07-20