To Each His Own

The week of August 22, 2010:

This time, the movie of the week is a heart-wrenching film about a mother who is torn away from her son. To Each His Own stars the brilliant Olivia de Havilland. In this particular film, de Havilland is able to illustrate the powerful nature of motherhood. And throughout her career, de Havilland’s wise decisions allowed her to star in unique productions. 

Stars: Olivia de Havilland
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Released in: 1946

During World War I, a small-town girl named Josephine Norris has an illegitimate son. After a horrific scheme the newborn is given to another family and Norris is left to devote her life to love the boy from afar.

Fact: Ginger Rogers was first offered the role of Josephine Norris. Rogers read the script and asked herself if she wanted to play the mother of a twenty-year-old man who is preparing to go off to war. She turned down the role and later regretted it when Olivia de Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Rogers also turned down The Snake Pit, which de Havilland also accepted and was nominated for another Oscar. Rogers stated, “it seemed Olivia knew a good thing when she saw it. Perhaps Olivia should thank me for such poor judgment.”

Awards: To Each His Own allowed Olivia de Havilland to earn her first Oscar. Specifically, de Havilland had won the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Furthermore, the primal writer of To Each His Own, Charles Brackett, was nominated for the Best Writing – Original Story award.

As well, To Each His Own will air on the Turner Classic Movie channel on Friday, August 27 at 10:00PM. Be sure to double-check your local listings and times at

And as always, feel absolutely free to leave your comments:)


~ by discoveringtheclassics on August 24, 2010.

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