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Give Us This Day (1949)

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Movie: Give Us This Day

  • Director: Edward Dmytryk
  • Stars: Sam Wanamaker, Lea Padovani, Kathleen Ryan, Charles Goldner, Bonar Colleano, William Sylvester, George Pastell, Philo Hauser, Sidney James, Karel Stepanek, Ina De La Haye, Rosalie Crutchley, Ronan O’Casey, Robert Rietty, Charles Moffat
  • Release Date: December 20, 1949
  • Run Time: 120 min
  • Genre: Drama

One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City’s ‘Little Italy” as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk’s first film after he had refused to tell a Congressional Committee whether or not he was, or had ever been, a member of the Communist Party. This is a ‘runaway production’ shot in England for political reasons and not for the usual USA tax-break reasons. Geremio, a young Italian immigrant to New York City, works as a bricklayer and is courting an Italian girl, Annunziata, by mail. He lies to her that he owns his own home and, after they are married, has to rent one for their three-day honeymoon. The years pass and they are unable to save enough money to get out of their slum tenement, and the 1929 depression brings even harder times to the family that now includes three children. Geremio, in order to make enough money to care for his family, exploits his “comrades” in dangerous construction work.

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