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Ah, Wilderness! is a 1935 American film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play of the same name starring Wallace Beery. The picture was shot in Grafton, Massachusetts, at the common in the center of town, and was directed by Clarence Brown. Beery plays the drunken uncle later portrayed on Broadway by Jackie Gleason, and the film features Lionel Barrymore, Eric Linden, Cecilia Parker, Spring Byington, and a young Mickey Rooney. Rooney also stars in MGM's musical remake Summer Holiday (1948).

Ah, Wilderness!
Ah Wilderness film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byClarence Brown
Produced byClarence Brown
Hunt Stromberg
Screenplay byAlbert Hackett
Frances Goodrich
Based onAh, Wilderness!
1933 play
by Eugene O'Neill
StarringWallace Beery
Lionel Barrymore
Mickey Rooney
Music byHerbert Stothart
Edward Ward
CinematographyClyde De Vinna
Edited byFrank E. Hull
Distributed byLoew's Inc.[1]
Release date
  • December 6, 1935 (1935-12-06)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was the first advertised in trade papers for Academy Award nominations, depicting a cartoon of MGM's Leo the Lion holding an Oscar and proudly stating "You've given so much, Leo ... Get ready to receive!"[2] Nevertheless, the film failed to receive a single nomination.



The success of the film prompted MGM to use many of the cast in A Family Affair, the first of the Andy Hardy series.

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  1. ^ Ah, Wilderness! at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien; MacColl, Gail (1996). Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-40053-4.

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