Waterloo Bridge (1931)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Douglass Montgomery ...
Roy Cronin (as Kent Douglass)
Doris Lloyd ...
Frederick Kerr ...
Major Fred Wetherby
Mrs. Mary Cronin Wetherby
Janet Cronin
Mrs. Hobley, Landlady
Rita Carlyle ...
The Old Woman (as Rita Carlisle)
Ruth Handforth ...
Augusta, the Maid


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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Drama | Romance | War





Release Date:

23 July 1934 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Ponte de Waterloo  »

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$251,289 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The original Broadway production of "Waterloo Bridge" by Robert E. Sherwood opened at the Fulton Theatre on January 6, 1930 and ran for 64 performances. See more »


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 »


Myra Deauville: Lovely night, huh?
Kitty: Lovely night for what? Air raids? Those fellows up there give me the willies.
Myra Deauville: Well, they're men, aren't they? I'd rather they throw bombs on me, than take no notice of me at all.
Kitty: I expect they do that just to please you, dearie.
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This version is better than each of its two remakes!
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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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