KINGS ROW (Sam Wood, 1942)

“Where’s the rest of me?!” Ronald Reagan delivered his most celebrated onscreen line playing Drake McHugh, a one-time playboy whose legs are unnecessarily cut off by a surgeon whose daughter Drake jilted, in Kings Row, a Peyton Place-type late nineteenth-century melodrama about the “realities” of small-town American life hidden behind an optimistic, even idyllic façade—sort […]