Those Were the Days (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

Those Were the Days (1940)





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William Holden and Bonita Granville, heavily if not convincingly decked out in "old age" makeup, recall on their 35th wedding anniversary how they first met in 1904. Holden was a brash college freshman, while Bonita was the daughter of a local judge (Vaughn Glaser). Since Holden couldn't stay out of trouble, the judge prohibited him from visiting his daughter, but the boy opposed the edict and ended up being arrested--with Bonita managing to have herself thrown in jail as well. The anecdotal storyline comes to a comically ironic conclusion when the ageing Holden complains that he can't control his own headstrong son. Based on the "Siwash" stories by George Fitch, Those Were the Days gets by on its nostalgic appeal, but cannot be considered one of William Holden's more significant pictures.


William Holden
as P.J. 'Petey' Simmons
Bonita Granville
as Martha Scroggs
Ezra Stone
as Alexander 'Allie' Bangs
Judith Barrett
as Mirabel Allstairs
Vaughan Glaser
as Judge Malachi Scroggs
Lucien Littlefield
as Prof. Sillicocks
Tom Rutherford
as Sam Byers
Aldrich Bowker
as Judge Squire Jennings
James Seay
as Andrews
John Hartley
as Whipple
Alan Ladd
as Keg Rearick
Wilda Bennett
as Miss Chickering
Cyril Ring
as Mr. Sanford
Kitty Kelly
as Mrs. Sanford
John Marston
as Mr. Holland
Dora Clement
as Mrs. Holland
Frank Coghlan Jr.
as Chick Struthers
Wanda McKay
as Miss Clair
Janet Waldo
as Miss Willowboughy
Stanley Mack
as Court Clerk
Rod Cameron
as Bartlett
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
Joyce Mathews
as Telephone Operator
Ruth Rogers
as Secretary
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