The Impatient Years

The Impatient Years is a 1944 romance film made by Columbia Pictures, directed by Irving Cummings, and written by Virginia Van Upp

The Impatient Years
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Directed byIrving Cummings
Produced byIrving Cummings
Virginia Van Upp (associate producer)
Written byVirginia Van Upp
StarringJean Arthur
Lee Bowman
Charles Coburn
Edgar Buchanan
Charley Grapewin
Music byMarlin Skiles
M. W. Stoloff
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byAl Clark
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
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  • September 14, 1944 (1944-09-14)
Running time
91 min.
Budget$600,000 (estimated)

(This was the final film Jean Arthur owed Columbia as part of her long contract which included periods of fights with studio boss Harry Cohn and resulted in a number of suspensions. Arthur was known to be thrilled her contract was over.)


Andy (Lee Bowman) and Janie (Jean Arthur) Anderson are seated on opposite sides of a court room filing for a divorce. As the judge is about to render his verdict, Janie's father (Charles Coburn) makes a suggestion. In an attempt to save the marriage, William suggests that the couple return to San Francisco (where they met a year and a half ago) for four days and retrace all of their steps to include getting married.


Home mediaEdit

The film is available on DVD as part of the Jean Arthur Comedy Collection, released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[1]


  1. ^ Dave Kehr (November 11, 2011). "Sweetness With Spine". The New York Times.

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