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White Banners (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 23 June 1938 (USA)
A homeless woman named Hannah drifts into the lives of the kindly Ward family, in a small Indiana town in 1919. Hannah makes herself useful as a cook and housekeeper and stays with the ... See full summary »

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Paul Ward
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Peter Trimble
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Sally Ward
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Sam Trimble
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Marcia Ward
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Thomas Bradford
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Dr. Thompson (as J. Farrell McDonald)
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Joe Ellis
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Bill Ellis
John Ridgely ...
Charles Ellis
Mary Field ...
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A homeless woman named Hannah drifts into the lives of the kindly Ward family, in a small Indiana town in 1919. Hannah makes herself useful as a cook and housekeeper and stays with the Wards... but her real interest is in meeting their neighbor, teenager Peter Trimble. It turns out that Peter is the son she bore out of wedlock and gave up for adoption, and now Hannah has returned to town to see what sort of young man her son has become. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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News item - Saturday, May 14,1938 -Burbank, California: Warners is rushing scoring of "White Banners," based upon the Lloyd C. Douglas novel, in order to have the film ready for screening at the Dallas sales convention (Warners)which opens Monday. Max Steiner, who is composing the original score, is working day and night to complete the assignment. See more »

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Paul Ward: But at a time like this when every nerve in me is crying out to fight...
Hannah: But that would be the easiest way. You must try and find courage not to...
Paul Ward: Courage!
Hannah: Not the showy kind that you get medals for but a private courage that only you know about.
Paul Ward: You're asking me to hoist a lot of white flags.
Hannah: Not white flags - white banners! You'd only be taking a new position and with it taking a new strength.
Paul Ward: White banners? It's an idea. It has a feeling of moving forward somewhere.
Hannah: Hasn't it? Maybe I'm too...
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It deserves Kudos for trying to be different
24 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

WHITE BANNERS has a couple of very odd but satisfying plots running through the film. The first involves Fay Bainter who plays a woman who just moves in with a family and becomes the perfect housekeeper--in many ways a lot like an earlier incarnation of Mary Poppins! However, her hidden agenda and why she works for mere "peanuts" is interesting and unfolds throughout the film. The "why" exactly isn't all that hard to predict--there are lots of pretty obvious clues thrown out to the audience. The second plot, and this IS an odd one, is about Rains and Cooper working together to try to create the first home electric refrigerator and sell the idea. While this may sound dull, I actually liked this--it reminded me a lot of movies like YOUNG TOM EDISON.

This is not exactly a perfect movie, but I enjoyed it and appreciate how the studio at least tried something different. Plus, some of the performances were very good. Claude Rains was his usual wonderful self, but I also appreciate the teen parts played by Jackie Cooper and Bonita Granville--Bonita was bouncy like a teen and it was nice to see Jackie doing a more mature role than what he'd been previously doing for MGM when he was a bit younger. Also, Fay Bainter was generally excellent, but there were a few times when her character seemed a bit "sappy" and too good to be true. The bottom line is that this is an excellent movie and a good one for old movie buffs who want a change of pace.


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