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The Valley of Decision

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The Valley of Decision
Theatrical poster
Directed byTay Garnett
Screenplay bySonya Levien
John Meehan
Based onThe Valley of Decision
1942 novel
by Marcia Davenport
Produced byEdwin H. Knopf
StarringGreer Garson
Gregory Peck
Donald Crisp
Lionel Barrymore
Preston Foster
Marsha Hunt
Gladys Cooper
Reginald Owen
Dan Duryea
Jessica Tandy
Barbara Everest
Marshall Thompson
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Edited byBlanche Sewell
Music byHerbert Stothart
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn Mayer
Release date
  • May 3, 1945 (1945-05-03)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$9.132 million [1][2]

The Valley of Decision is a 1945 film directed by Tay Garnett, adapted by Sonya Levien and John Meehan from Marcia Davenport's 1942 novel of the same name. Set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 1870s, it stars Greer Garson and Gregory Peck. 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. This was Garson's sixth nomination and her fifth consecutive, a record for most consecutive Best Actress nominations that still stands (tied with Bette Davis).

The Valley of Decision tells the story of a young Irish house maid, Mary Rafferty, who falls in love with Paul Scott, the son of her employer, a Pittsburgh steel mill owner. Their romance is endangered when Mary's family and friends, all steel mill workers, go on strike against Paul's father as the local steel industry is bought out by bigger concerns. When the Scott family refuses to sell their mill, Paul, the only son who cares about the mill and the workers, tries to intervene amid rumors the union is calling for violence under threat of strikebreakers. The Scott family, Mary and her father, and the union leader try to reach an agreement despite opposition from Paul’s brother.

The Allegheny City railroad station is misspelled as Alleghany City.

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Bosley Crowther wrote, "the early phases of the picture are rather studiously on the 'cute' side" and "the middle phases are also somewhat artificially contrived...but the final phase...does have authority and depth;"[3]

TV Guide said it is "huge (and) sprawling ... the realism of the sets is a tribute to the art directors and set decorators...three out of five stars."[4] The film was a massive hit, earning $4,566,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $3,530,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $3,480,000.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Domestic take see "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 69
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (May 4, 1945). "The Screen in Review; 'The Valley of Decision,' With Greer Carson and Gregory Peck, Makes Its Appearance at the Radio City Music Hall ..." The New York Times – via
  4. ^ "The Valley Of Decision | TV Guide".
  5. ^ Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 365

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