The Best Years of Our Lives

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The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film about three servicemen trying to piece their lives back together after coming home from World War II. Samuel Goldwyn was motivated to produce the film after his wife Frances read an August 7, 1944 article in Time magazine about the difficulties experienced by war veterans returning to civilian life.

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  • ON MARCH 13, 1947, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan, opened the Oscar ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with a few words before a movie montage. Then Jack Benny took over as the emcee in the first nationally broadcast Academy Awards show. In the Audience sat producers and directors from the five nominated films for best picture: Clarence Brown’s The Yearling, Laurence Olivier’s Henry V, Edmund Goulding’s The Razor’s Edge, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life and William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives.

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