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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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Douglass Montgomery ...
Roy Cronin (as Kent Douglass)
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Frederick Kerr ...
Major Fred Wetherby
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Mrs. Mary Cronin Wetherby
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Janet Cronin
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Mrs. Hobley, Landlady
Rita Carlyle ...
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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Drama | Romance | War

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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)

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1.20 : 1
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According to a 1985 interview with Greg Mank, Mae Clarke claims she was talked about for an Oscar nomination. See more »

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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

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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God Save the King
Traditional; earliest known version by John Bull (1562-1628)
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Mae Clarke Steals the Show
5 December 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Really excellent pre-code film, set in wartime London where an ex-chorus girl/current street walker (played by Mae Clarke) heads over to Waterloo Bridge to try and find herself a soldier on leave, and she meets wealthy, baby-faced, nineteen-year-old raw/green Roy and invites him up to her flat. He immediately falls in love and thinks she's a "good girl", unaware of her real walk of life. She falls for him too, but keeps putting him off, racked with guilt over her secret "career". Meanwhile he keeps pressing on, sneaking in her window, tricking her into meeting his family for a weekend of tennis, tea, and cocktails, asking her to marry him, etc. - he's completely smitten!

Top-notch acting and a good deal of chemistry between the two leads helps make this a really interesting, absorbing film. Their conversations together come across as quite realistic, and the performance given here by Mae Clarke is amazing - extremely well-done and memorable. I also enjoyed seeing a very young Bette Davis who appears here in a very small role as Roy's sister. Only one thing that bothered me about this film is, why oh why, as I have often seen done in period films made during this time, do they have the actresses appearing in modern, early 30s dresses, rather than period costume? Oh well, still a really first-rate film, well worth seeing.


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