"Where's the rest of me?" Too bad Ronnie never found the answer. Containing what is easily the future President's finest performance, KINGS ROW was a startling film for its day, portraying a small town not with the poignancy and little joys of Thorton Wilder's Our Town
, but rather in
grim, often tragic tones.
The film begins with its main characters as children. Playful Drake, tomboyish Randy and uppity Louise are among the friends of the sensitive Parris. He, meanwhile, befriends the strange, lonely Cassandra, but her psychiatrist father, Dr. Tower (Rains) soon removes her from school to be tutored at
home. We advance in time to the grown Parris (Cummin...