Our Very Own (1950)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The cast is the thing in Our Very Own, a so-so family drama that has good intentions but less than stellar dramaturgy. F. Hugh Herbert's screenplay bears the brunt of the blame. It's not a bad piece of work, mind you; it's simply that it doesn't delve very deeply into the issues it raises. Motivation is skimpy for many of the characters, and some plot turns seem to have been created out of convenience rather than growing naturally out of the piece. That said, there are some moments that work very well, and when he wants to, Herbert can make a keen observation that rings true and strikes home. David Miller directs smoothly and it's hard to fault what he does, but one does wish that maybe he had taken a few more risks or tried to come at scenes from a more imaginative angle. He does get good work from his cast, with Ann Blyth quite believable throughout and carrying the picture even over its rough spots. Jane Wyatt and Donald Cook do very well with roles that don't stretch them terribly far, and Ann Dvorak makes the very most of her time on screen. A young Natalie Wood also scores, and sharp eyed viewers can catch Martin Milner in a small role.