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Ah, Wilderness! Details


Playwright Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, Ah, Wilderness! was filmed by MGM in 1935. Impressionable turn-of-the-century lad Eric Linden, whose knowledge of the ways of the world has come from French novels, is anxious to taste life to the fullest. Linden's father Lionel Barrymore sternly advises the boy to be good and be careful, while Barrymore's shiftless, bibulous brother-in-law Wallace Beery (replacing MGM's first choice, W.C. Fields) encourages Linden to get out, get drunk and know what. After a frightening encounter with lady of the evening Helen Flint (a surprisingly frank characterization for a Production Code film), Linden runs home, nursing a monster hangover the next day. The boy eventually accepts the sedate affections of his childhood sweetheart Jean Parker, while a chastened Beery promises to mend his ways--and Barrymore decides to be more of a father and less of an autocrat to his son. Ah, Wilderness would be musicalized (and bowdlerized) by MGM as the 1947 film Jean Parker ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Lionel Barrymore
as Nat Miller
Wallace Beery
as Sid Davis
Eric Linden
as Richard Miller
Aline MacMahon
as Lily Davis
Mickey Rooney
as Tommy Miller
Cecilia Parker
as Muriel McComber
Spring Byington
as Essie Miller
Charles Grapewin
as Mr. McComber
Frank Albertson
as Arthur Miller
Eddie Nugent
as Wint Selby
Bonita Granville
as Mildred Miller
Helen Freeman
as Miss Hawley


Clarence Brown
Hunt Stromberg
Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Clyde de Vinna
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director