Come Next Spring


Drama /

IMDb Rating 7.0


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92 min
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Reviewed by louis-king 7

The cast of this movie, Ann Sheridan, Steve Cochran, Walter Brennan have all made movies that are better known, but they&#39;ve rarely been better than they are here.<br/><br/>I&#39;ve never heard of the director, but he manages to pull a good performance out of the usually dreadful Sonny Tufts. Here he plays a tough, semi-bully (but not totally bad) adversary to Steve Cochran.<br/><br/>Other&#39;s have written the plot outline so I won&#39;t repeat it. One of my favorite scenes is Walter Brennan&#39;s drunken confession to Matt (Steve Cochran) about his birth certificate and his sober morning after contradiction! It&#39;s nearly as funny as Brennan&#39;s false teeth running gag in &#39;Red River&#39;.<br/><br/>Ann Sheridan role was much like Sally Field&#39;s in &#39;Places In The Heart&#39;, totally different from her wise-cracking oomph-girl roles in the 30&#39;s and 40&#39;s.<br/><br/>I&#39;ve never understood why Steve Cochran failed to become an A star. Like Robert Mitchum, he could play hero or heavy equally well. Reading his mini-biography, Cochran&#39;s own real life story (and death) would make a great noirish movie.<br/><br/>Sherry Jackson was a fine child star. Her performance as John Wayne&#39;s tomboy daughter in &#39;Trouble Along The Way&#39; was equal if not better than her touching performance in this movie. She developed into a stunningly beautiful woman and then dropped from sight. She had a fine turn in the original Star Trek as a sexy-sad android.<br/><br/>&#39;Come Next Spring&#39; is very much like the better known &#39;Picnic&#39; and I think it&#39;s just as good.<br/><br/>I&#39;ve never forgotten the very last scene which still chokes me up when I think of it.

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Reviewed by krorie 7

&quot;Come Next Spring&quot; created quite a commotion in my hometown when first released in 1956, for the story and the setting is Independence County, Arkansas, in a real backwoods town called Cushman, once known for its mining activities, but no more. The movie refers to the community as Cushin. I don&#39;t know where &quot;Come Next Spring&quot; was filmed, but the location photography does resemble the landscape of present day Cushman. The town is still there with very few changes since pioneer days, except now the denizens do have electricity and indoor plumbing. My family didn&#39;t get the indoor plumbing until I was in college in the early 1960&#39;s. Having grown up in the area I&#39;m here to tell you that the film only shows one side of small-town life in the hills and hollows of Arkansas. There is also the negative side of small-town America depicted by other films of the era such as &quot;Picnic.&quot; That being said the idyllic side is worth a look see. The acting is topnotch and the story is supposedly based on a true incident about a man who deserted his family during hard times in the 1920&#39;s (The Great Depression began early for rural America). Unlike most lost men, however, he returned to his family after years of wandering to attempt to put things back together. Ann Sheridan and Steve Cochran give standout performances as estranged husband and wife trying to reconcile their differences. Sherry Jackson is magnetic as the mute daughter instrumental in restoring her parents&#39; love for each other. There is also a wonderful assortment of character actors to play the local folks, including Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Sonny Tufts, Mae Clark, and James Best in one of his early roles.<br/><br/>Though the Max Steiner music is good with Tony Bennett singing the theme, it is not apropos for Cushman, Arkansas, of the 1920&#39;s. Country (called hillbilly at the time) and folk music were about the only kind of music listened to in that area before the birth of rock &#39;n&#39; roll, with many of the locals picking and grinning. It would have been more appropriate to have used a popular group of the genre, or even someone from the community. The number one song for 1956 was written by a performer from the general area, &quot;Singing the Blues&quot; by Melvin Endsley. Another noted musician from the area in those days was the multi-talented Wayne Rainey. Both were from near Batesville, which is the county seat of Independence County. Neighboring Stone County produced folk artist Jimmie Driftwood, who wrote &quot;The Battle of New Orleans&quot; and &quot;Tennessee Stud.&quot; Using any of these artists would have added to the rural flavor of &quot;Come Next Spring.&quot; But that was not the Hollywood way.<br/><br/>If you liked &quot;The Waltons&quot; or &quot;Little House on the Prairie,&quot; you should enjoy this movie, which to my knowledge is not available on DVD. It is seldom shown on satellite or cable television. So you may have a difficult time viewing a copy. But if you get the chance, don&#39;t miss watching it.

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Reviewed by mark_r_harris 7

This rural drama set in 1920s Arkansas is a thoroughly winning film, full of charm and sentiment balanced by straightforward honesty and a trace of grit. Talented screenwriter Montgomery Pittman creates a believable situation involving a ne&#39;er-do-well alcoholic husband (Steve Cochran) who returns to his wife (Ann Sheridan) and family years after abandoning them, hoping to make amends. The wife, however, has learned to manage well on her own, and the way she reacts to this unexpected reappearance is breathtakingly direct and no-nonsense. The leads are terrific; Cochran produced this movie for himself and it shows off his talent extremely well. In fact, the great Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni must have been impressed, because he starred Cochran in the drama Il Grido two years later. I seem to recall that Pittman was also involved with that film. Pittman later wrote some rural-themed episodes for The Twilight Zone, one of which stars James Best, who has a small role in Come Next Spring. Earl Hamner, also a Twilight Zone writer, seems to have taken several hints from Pittman when he came to create The Waltons; the character of the Walton mother, especially as played by Patricia Neal in The Homecoming, is quite reminiscent of Sheridan&#39;s performance. An article in New York magazine several years ago revealed that Martin Scorsese is a great admirer of Come Next Spring, which is an urgent candidate for video/DVD release.

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