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The Howards of Virginia (1940)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  19 September 1940 (USA)
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Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbrining when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard. Matt joins the Colonial forces in their fight for ... See full summary »

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Jane Peyton-Howard
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Fleetwood Peyton (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Alan Marshal ...
Roger Peyton
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Paul Kelly ...
Captain Jabez Allen
Irving Bacon ...
Tom Norton
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Aunt Clarissa (as Elizabeth Risdon)
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Mrs. Norton
Tom Drake ...
James Howard at 16 (as Richard Alden)
Phil Taylor ...
Peyton Howard at 18
Rita Quigley ...
Mary Howard at 17
Libby Taylor ...
Dicey
Richard Gaines ...
George Houston ...
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Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbrining when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard. Matt joins the Colonial forces in their fight for freedom against England. Matt will meet Jane's father in the battlefield. Written by Anonymous

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The Vivid Drama Of A Nation's Birth !

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Drama | History | War

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19 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

PasiĆ³n de libertad  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Joan Fontaine was slated to be loaned by David O. Selznick to Columbia for the lead, but abdominal surgery sidelined her, and she was replaced by Martha Scott. See more »

Goofs

During a scene where Matt Howard (Cary Grant) is in his room shaving, with shaving soap on his face, and having a conversation with Thomas Jefferson (Richard Carlson) - A knock on the door is heard - Fleetwood Peyton (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) enters, Matt Howard turns to Fleetwood and the shaving soap has disappeared from his face. See more »

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Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Played in the score at the wedding
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7 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first started to play this, I was afraid I had erred. The acting seemed second-rate and rather silly. But I realized we hadn't seen the main actors, yet. And even when they came on, they hit their stride later in the movie.

The funny thing for me was that the best performances often came from the child actors. Buster Phelps as the young Thomas Jefferson was especially good. The adult Jefferson was good in general, but did not hold a candle to the portrayal in the HBO John Adams series.

Cary Grant is fun to watch. His accent never quite sounds as rough as it should, but his gruff mannerisms make him convincing enough, so long as you're willing to suspend disbelief.

The best element for me was how Cary Grant's character was developed in relation to his family.


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