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* CreatorBacklash: Despite the score winning an Oscar, the director never liked it.

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* CreatorBacklash: Despite the Although Hugo Friedhofer's score winning won an Oscar, the director William Wyler never liked cared for it.


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** AFIS100Years100Movies100THAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies10thAnniversaryEdition: #37


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* ActorSharedBackground: Fredric March was a banker before he became an actor, just like his character Al.
* BillingDisplacement: Myrna Loy gets top billing, as she was the biggest star in the cast. However, Milly is entirely a supporting (though still important) character.

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** AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies100THAnniversaryEdition: #37
* ActorSharedBackground: Fredric March Creator/FredricMarch was a banker before he became an actor, just like his character Al.
* BillingDisplacement: Myrna Loy Creator/MyrnaLoy gets top billing, as she was the biggest star in the cast. However, Milly is entirely a supporting (though still important) character.



* DawsonCasting: Dana Andrews was 36 when he made this film, clearly playing someone in his mid-twenties. Also see PlayingGertrude.

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* DawsonCasting: Dana Andrews Creator/DanaAndrews was 36 when he made this film, clearly playing someone in his mid-twenties. Also see PlayingGertrude.


* BillingDisplacement: Myrna Loy gets high billing, as she was the biggest star in the cast. Milly is entirely a supporting (though still important) character.

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* BillingDisplacement: Myrna Loy gets high top billing, as she was the biggest star in the cast. However, Milly is entirely a supporting (though still important) character.


** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #37

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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #37


* ActorSharedBackground: Fredric March was a banker before he became an actor, just like his character Al.
* BillingDisplacement: Myrna Loy gets high billing, as she was the biggest star in the cast. Milly is entirely a supporting (though still important) character.



* CreatorBacklash: Despite the score winning an Oscar, the director never liked it.



* RealitySubtext: The man Fred punches out at the drugstore is based on a man Creator/WilliamWyler had an argument with when he came home from the war.

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The man Fred punches out at the drugstore is based on a man Creator/WilliamWyler had an argument with when he came home from the war.war.
** Most of the crew were war veterans, and this was intentional to give the film a documentary style realism.

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* TheCastShowoff: Homer's uncle Butch is played by musician and songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, who gets several opportunities to display his piano-playing chops. There's even a bit where Butch is asked to play "Lazy River"... a song which [[ActorAllusion was composed by Carmichael]].

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* OneHitWonder: Harold Russell's film debut. It netted him ''two'' Oscars, the only time two Oscars have ever been awarded for the same performance.[[note]]The Academy's Board of Governors wanted to recognize Russell's performance in the film, but thought that as a non-professional in his first role he would never win a competitive award. So they gave him an honorary Oscar for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans." Then he won Best Supporting Actor.[[/note]] It would be 34 years before he had another film credit; his two remaining credits were very minor roles in since-forgotten movies.


* DawsenCasting: Dana Andrews was 36 when he made this film, clearly playing someone in his mid-twenties. Also see PlayingGertrude.

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* DawsenCasting: DawsonCasting: Dana Andrews was 36 when he made this film, clearly playing someone in his mid-twenties. Also see PlayingGertrude.

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* DawsenCasting: Dana Andrews was 36 when he made this film, clearly playing someone in his mid-twenties. Also see PlayingGertrude.


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* PlayingGertrude: Actress Myrna Loy (Milly Stephenson) was only 13 years older than Teresa Wright who played her daughter Peggy.

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* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: Harold Russell, a drill sergeant during the war, lost his hands in a training accident involving a defective bomb. He did such a good job in the role of Homer Parrish he won an Oscar (plus a second honorary Oscar), despite never having acted before.
* RealitySubtext: The man Fred punches out at the drugstore is based on a man Creator/WilliamWyler had an argument with when he came home from the war.
* ThrowItIn: Harold Russell, a real life veteran who never acted before, flubbed his lines during his character's wedding scene. Creator/WilliamWyler left it in, considering it natural.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Homer's disability was originally written as post-traumatic stress disorder, with frequent panic attacks, before Creator/WilliamWyler decided to cast Harold Russell, a real-life veteran who lost both his hands in the war, and the part was rewritten accordingly.
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