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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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Carmichael plays the piano for the cast members

A publicity still from THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES featuring the primary Hollywood members of the cast: (from left to right) Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Dana Andrews and Virginia Mayo with Hoagy Carmichael (at the piano).

Andrews, Wright, Loy and March

A publicity portrait of THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES' four leading stars, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Myrna Loy and Fredric March.

Milly cleans up

A publicity still of Milly Stephenson (Myrna Loy) reacting to the sound of someone at the door.

Director William Wyler's own personal homecoming from World War II inspired his staging of the reunion scene involving March and Loy approaching each other from opposite ends of a hallway.  Wyler and his wife Talli had first seen each other from opposite ends of a hallway in New York's Plaza Hotel.

Fred and Peggy have breakfast

Goldwyn contract players Dana Andrews and Teresa Wright pose for a publicity still during their "morning after" breakfast scene.

Newlyweds Fred and Marie

A portrait of Dana Andrews and Virginia Mayo taken, not for publicity purposes, but to use as a prop hanging on the wall of their apartment.  See the set detail of the Derry's apartment for a view of this photo in action.


A half-sheet poster from THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, this one featuring the love triangle involving Virginia Mayo, Dana Andrews and Teresa Wright.  In addition to being a powerful drama, as the poster advertises, BEST YEARS is also one of the cinema's greatest love stories.

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