The Corn Is Green (1945 film)

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The Corn Is Green
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Irving Rapper
Produced by Jack Chertok
Written by Emlyn Williams (play)
Frank Cavett
Casey Robinson
Starring Bette Davis
Nigel Bruce
John Dall
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Sol Polito
Edited by Frederick Richards
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • July 14, 1945 (1945-07-14)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,545,000[1]
Box office $3,649,000[citation needed]

The Corn Is Green is a 1945 drama film starring Bette Davis as a schoolteacher determined to bring education to a Welsh coal mining town, despite great opposition. It was adapted from the play of the same name by Emlyn Williams starring Ethel Barrymore.

John Dall and Joan Lorring were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

In 1979 the play was adapted once again for a made-for-TV movie, The Corn Is Green, starring Katharine Hepburn.


Lily Cristobel Moffatt (Bette Davis) sets up a school in a Welsh coal mining town, despite the determined opposition of the local squire (Nigel Bruce). Eventually, she considers giving up. Then she discovers a promising student, Morgan Evans, a miner seemingly destined for a life of hard work and heavy drink. With renewed hope, she works hard to help him realise his potential.

Through diligence and perseverance, Morgan gets the opportunity to take an examination for Oxford University with, hopefully, a prized scholarship. Moffatt, the rest of the teachers, and their students are hopeful Morgan will pass the Oxford interview, and so he does.

However, Bessie Watty (Joan Lorring), a young woman who has recently given birth to Morgan's child, blackmails Moffatt for money to help raise the baby. The scheming young woman has designs on another male suitor. Finally, Moffatt agrees to adopt the child so that Morgan's academic future will not be ruined and Watty will be free to marry another man, unfettered by her responsibility to the child (since she and her affianced never really cared for it in the first place). Morgan quickly hears about Watty's scandalous, self-serving motives, and insists upon raising the child himself. Through a heartfelt and persuasive conversation, Moffatt convinces the young man to continue his higher education and contribute something to the world.



According to Warner Bros records the film earned $2,202,000 domestically and $1,447,000 foreign.[1]


  1. ^ a b Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 25 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551

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