Directed by Sam Wood • 1942 • United States
Starring Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan
It’s a quaint turn-of-the-century small town of shady streets and swimming holes, complete with the Sunday afternoon clip-clop of horse and buggies. But that peaceful exterior conceals human lives twisted by cruelty, murder, and madness. KINGS ROW is one of Warner Bros.’ most distinguished and sensational productions, highlighted by an outstanding cast, haunting James Wong Howe cinematography, and an emotionally charged score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Betty Field, Claude Rains, and Charles Coburn give indelible performances, while Ronald Reagan’s portrayal of Drake, a cheerful ne’er-do-well shattered by tragedy, has been hailed as his career best.