In World War I London, Myra is an American out of work chorus girl making ends meet by picking up men on Waterloo Bridge. During a Zeppelin air raid she meets Roy, a naive young American ... See full summary »
In World War I London, Myra is an American out of work chorus girl making ends meet by picking up men on Waterloo Bridge. During a Zeppelin air raid she meets Roy, a naive young American who enlisted in the Canadian army. They fall for each other, and he tricks Myra into visiting his family who live in a country estate outside London, where his step-father is a retired British Major. However Myra is reluctant to continue the relationship with Roy, because she has not told him about her past. Written by
This version is better than each of its two remakes!
I've always wanted to see this film and was delighted to find that it was "found" in the 1970's after it was considered to be lost. It took a few more decades for me to actually see it, though (TCM shows it). What a great version of "Waterloo Bridge" this is! I grew up on the Leigh-Taylor version and have recently seen the later Caron-Kerr remake "Gaby". Both are okay, but not as good as the original, which remains the most faithful to the play upon which it based. The additions of the hero's family and their country estate and Myra's death (in the play her fate is left uncertain) were added by the screenplay writer. I can see why Universal Pictures needed to expand the play which has only two sets (a section of Waterloo Bridge and Myra's shabby furnished room). Mae Clarke and Kent Douglass are well cast in the leads and of course, this version gives us the opportunity to see the great Bette Davis in one of her early screen roles.
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