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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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Sally Ward
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Marcia Ward
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Thomas Bradford
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Charles Ellis
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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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Fay Bainter was nominated for a best actress "Oscar" for this film. The same year she was nominated for best supporting actress for "Jezebel" - the first time an actress had been nominated in both categories. She won for "Jezebel". See more »

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Paul Ward: You don't think I have a fighting chance!
Hannah: I don't think you have a chance, fighting!
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Touching
15 September 2004 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Today on Turner Classic Movies I watched a tribute to Jackie Cooper on his birthday. After seeing Jackie play children who always had some kind of drama going on in his characters lives and crying all the time, it was nice to see him as a nice young man who grew from being immature and selfish to mature, unselfish, and grateful.

In many of Jackie Cooper's films he played characters who were much younger than his actual age (ex: O'Shaunessy's Boy (1935), in real life he was about 12 or 13, but in the film, he is playing someone who is about 10 or 11, same in Dinky and in Tough Guy (1936), he was really 13 or 14, but in the film he is probably between the ages of 9-11). So, in White Banners it was nice seeing him someone his own age and he gave a touching and challenging performance. I also must commend Fay Bainter (1938 Academy Award nominee Best Actress (Banners) and supporting actress (Jezebel)), for she gave an excellent performance as a mother who sacrifices the best for her child. Also the rest of the cast was great. An excellent film!


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