WriterEugene ONeill, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich Release dateDecember 6, 1935 (1935-12-06) CastWallace Beery (Sid), Lionel Barrymore (Nat), Aline MacMahon (Lily), Eric Linden (Richard), Cecilia Parker (Muriel), Spring Byington (Essie) Similar moviesTremors II: Aftershocks, Looper, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Tremors, Toy Story
TaglineThe play that startled the nation!
In 1906, Richard Miller (Eric Linden) is selected as the valedictorian for his small-town high school. As such, the young idealist intends to use the opportunity to express anti-capitalist sentiments in his speech, though his father (Lionel Barrymore) interrupts before he can do so. Already facing disapproval at home, Richard finds himself on the outs with his girl (Cecilia Parker) when her father objects to their relationship. Richard decides to drown his sorrows, which makes matters worse.
Ah, Wilderness! is a 1935 American film adaptation of the Eugene ONeill 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 MGMs musical remake Summer Holiday (1948).
The film holds the dubious distinction of being the first to advertise in trade papers for Academy Award nominations, depicting a cartoon of MGMs Leo the Lion holding an Oscar and proudly stating "Youve given so much, Leo ... Get ready to receive!" Nevertheless, the film failed to receive a single nomination.
A teen (Eric Linden) comes of age with the help of his uncle (Wallace Beery) in circa-1900 New England.
Wallace Beery as Sidney Miller
Lionel Barrymore as Nat Miller
Aline MacMahon as Lily Davis
Eric Linden as Richard Dick Miller
Cecilia Parker as Muriel McComber
Spring Byington as Essie Miller
Mickey Rooney as Tommy Miller
Charley Grapewin as Mr. Dave McComber
Frank Albertson as Arthur Miller
Edward J. Nugent as Wint Selby
Bonita Granville as Mildred Miller
Helen Flint as Belle
Helen Freeman as Miss Hawley
Lionel Barry and Spring Byington appear in Ah - Wilderness! and A Family Affair. Mickey Rooney appears in Ah - Wilderness! and Summer Holiday. Mickey Rooney and Cecilia Parker appear in Ah - Wilderness! and Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever. Mickey Rooney appears in Ah - Wilderness! and Andy Hardy Comes Home. Mickey Rooney and Cecilia Parker appear in Ah - Wilderness! and Judge Hardy and Son.
The success of the film prompted MGM to use many of the cast in A Family Affair, the first of the Andy Hardy series.