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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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Major Wetherby
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Mrs. Wetherby
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Janet Cronin
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Mrs. Hobley
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The Old Woman (as Rita Carlisle)
Ruth Handforth ...
Augusta - the Maid
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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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November 1931 (Japan)  »

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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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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: Look at Agnes Ellen. She's got four husbands in the army: two Australians, one Yorkshireman and her own husband. She's collectin' separation allowances from all of them. And what's more, she's makin' 'em all happy. Of course, with Agnes, there is the risk that two or three of 'er husbands might get leave at the same time. But, that shouldn't bother you with only one on your hands!
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Version of Sonbahar yapraklari (1962) See more »

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God Save the King
Traditional; earliest known version by John Bull (1562-1628)
Sung at the music hall
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Mae Clarke gives a ferocious performance as a prostitute .
6 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mae Clarke is a revelation as a prostitute in the original "Waterloo Bridge". The film was eclipsed by the 1940 remake starring Vivian Leigh and until recently this earlier version was unavailable. This pre-code version holds up beautifully and is better in many ways because of its frankness and because of Mae Clarke's ferocious performance. Kent Douglas plays the 19 year old soldier who falls in love with the prostitute, not realizing her true profession.The movie seems more realistic than the remake because, Douglas looks and acts like a callow 19 year old,and Clarke is very believable as the prostitute who tries to protect her soldier lover from the truth about herself. Neither Clarke nor Douglas became major stars and you can see that they lack the larger than life glamour of Vivian Leigh and Robert Taylor who starred in the remake.However, Clarke and Douglas add a touch of realism which was a hallmark of many of the pre-code movies and which wouldn't be found in American movies in abundance until the 1970's.


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