May 1945: The Valley of Decision

Gregory Peck and Lionel Barrymore… And Greer Garson… Oh, I’ve seen her in Mrs. Miniver, which was very good indeed…

Uh-oh! It’s a movie about Irish in the US.


There’s something particularly dreadfully tedious about Irish cultural extruded product. The combination of religiosity, pomposity, sentimentality and forced cheer is positively venomous. If only these things had actual humour instead of some asshole saying and then going “HO HO HO” there’d been something to enjoy.

So I’ve got a totally open mind here! No prejudices! I’m sure this will be a wonderful movie!

[time passes]

OK, the first half hour was boring, and then the next three hours were annoying, and then the last nineteen hours were just excruciating.

It’s everything I expected. And more.

It’s a horrible, horrible movie.

Did it win all the Oscars? Hm…. No! Garson was nominated for best actress, which is well deserved, I guess, but then the entire world tried to forget that the movie ever happened.

But people liked it:

The film was a massive hit, earning $4,566,000 in the US and Canada and $3,530,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $3,480,000 in profit.

How many Irish are there anyway?

The Valley of Decision. Tay Garnett. 1945.

Popular movies in May 1945 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
1361 7.4 The Valley of Decision
6290 7.4 The Body Snatcher
295 7.0 Molly and Me
1010 6.9 The Scarlet Clue
273 6.7 Pillow to Post
2836 6.7 Back to Bataan
507 6.6 Thrill of a Romance
203 6.5 Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion
740 6.4 The Bullfighters
338 6.4 The Brighton Strangler

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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