Saturday's Children

Saturday's Children
Directed by Vincent Sherman
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Maxwell Anderson (play)
Julius J. Epstein
Philip Epstein
Starring John Garfield
Anne Shirley
Claude Rains
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • 1940 (1940)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Saturday's Children is a 1940 American drama film directed by Vincent Sherman and starring John Garfield, Anne Shirley, and Claude Rains. It is a third-time remake of the original Maxwell Anderson play with a previous version released in 1935 under the title Maybe It's Love.[1]


Twenty-two-year-old Bobby Halevy falls in love with her fellow employee, Rims Rosson. Rosson is an idealistic dreamer and would-be inventor whose get-rich scheme is going off to Manila to turn hemp into silk. Their romance flourishes until Bobby is talked into tricking Rims into marriage. Living poor and on the verge of breaking up, the couple realizes that there is more to life than having a lot of money.



Warners originally cast Priscilla Lane in the lead but Garfield was sure that the Lane Sisters would somehow have to be written in as well. He used his influence to get the studio to borrow Shirley from RKO. Julius Epstein thought Garfield's performance was the closest he came to playing his real self. Usually discontented with the way he was typecast by the studio, Garfield was unusually proud of his restrained characterization.[2]

Radio adaptation

Saturday's Children was presented on Screen Guild Players June 2, 1947. The 30-minute adaptation starred Garfield and Jane Wyman.[3]


  1. Crowther, Bosley (May 4, 1940). "THE SCREEN; John Garfield and Anne Shirley Seen at Strand in 'Saturday's Children'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  2. Swindell, Larry (1975). Body and Soul. New York: William Morrow & co. pp. 164–5. ISBN 0-688-02907-8.
  3. "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 35 (2): 32–39. Spring 2009.

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