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Waterloo Bridge (1931)

A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One.

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Roy Cronin (as Kent Douglass)
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The Old Woman (as Rita Carlisle)
Ruth Handforth ...
Augusta - the Maid
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Storyline

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 Will Gilbert

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As this picture unfolds on the screen, you will find no maudlin, mushy, run-of-the-mill story, but a triumph of human emotion depicting the glamour of an all-conquering love in the sordid surroundings of a great city. (Print Ad- The Castilian, ((Castile, NY)) 8 October 1931)

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Drama | Romance

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November 1931 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A Ponte de Waterloo  »

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$251,289 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Because of its controversial material, censor boards in Chicago, New York City, and Pennsylvania insisted extensive cuts be made to this pre-code film. When the Production Code was enforced in July 1934, it became impossible to re-release the original version of Waterloo Bridge. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Roy goes out looking for Myra, the "sky" he walks under can be seen to be quite wrinkled - it's really a canvas backdrop. See more »

Quotes

Kitty: You're bloody well gone queer in the head, haven't ya?
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Connections

Version of Waterloo Bridge (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King
Traditional; earliest known version by John Bull (1562-1628)
Sung at the music hall
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Mae Clarke took my breath away!
9 September 2001 | by (An American in China) – See all my reviews

Having seen Mae Clarke being carried away by Frankenstein and getting a grapefruit in the face by James Cagney, I had a clear image of her but not of her talent.

I agree with the other reviewers that this is one knock-out performance. At a time when many actors in early talkies were still being very stagey (with stilted manners and playing to the back row), Mae Clarke built a performance that was modern and genuine.

The whole production is good (especially Arthur Edeson's cinematography and James Whale's direction), but Clarke's acting is what I'll always remember.


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