IA #17: Our Town (1940)

 Our Town (1940) on IMDb

Our Town, an adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. It’s set in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners NH in the pre-World War I period of the 20th century and follows its residents as they grow up, get married, live, and die.

William Holden starred in one of the first lead roles of his long career, but many of the other parts were filled by the actors who originated them on Broadway, including Martha Scott who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Aaron Copland was nominated for Best Musical Score. All those awards and star power was enough to land it this high on the Internet Archive Top 100.