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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[Mae Clarke in 1985 speaking of working with James Whale] I knew James Whale was imported as one of England's very best and was aware of the great success of the play and film "Journey's End." I wanted to meet Mr. Whale the way I would have entered college to begin learning... Our relationship was the adoration between a teacher (who was expert) and a pupil (who was most willing.) And our objectives became 'What did the author want? What did he not say and assumed we would? We could forget ourselves.' See more »


Although the film is set in 1918 the cast are wearing early-1930s fashions 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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Version of The Leaves of Autumn (1962) See more »


God Save the King
Traditional; earliest known version by John Bull (1562-1628)
Sung at the music hall
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Mae Clarke is superb in James Whale's wonderful production of Sherwood's acclaimed play.
30 December 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

I never thought I would enjoy this production of "Waterloo Bridge" more than the 1940 remake with Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh. For one thing, this version is a straight narrative which is more suspenseful than the flashback construction of the remake. Secondly, Kent Douglass has that boyish quality which makes his naiveté much more believable than Robert Taylor's. And finally, the pacing and casting of the supporting actors by James Whale couldn't be beat. Ethel Griffies, as the heartless landlady, Enid Bennett, as Douglass' sympathetic but forceful mother, and Doris Lloyd, Clarke's practical but unfeeling prostitute friend, were all standouts. I had never seen Mae Clarke in such a strong dramatic role, which she handles more beautifully than I ever thought she could, conveying her anguish at loving a man but being ashamed of having become a prostitute. And, of course, there is Bette Davis in a small inconsequential role very early in her career; she was still a pleasure to watch. By all means, see this film! You won't regret it.

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