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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Matt Howard
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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:

Pasión de libertad  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's failure hit Cary Grant so hard that he refused all period roles he was offered afterwards. The exception was The Pride and the Passion (1957), which was also a failure. 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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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
In the score during a war scene
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I thought it would never end.
20 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Cary Grant and that's the only reason I kept watching this movie. It felt like it was about four hours long.

While the story itself was pretty solid, the execution was very poor. Grant's accent wasn't consistent at all (it was there, and then gone, then Irish, then English, then gone again, etc.) and neither he nor his wife appeared to age (despite the movie taking place over 20 years). I also felt some of the major characters (like his brother-in-law) were too one dimensional.

I'm a huge classic movie buff (and Cary Grant buff) so I'm glad I watched the movie, but it's not on my list to watch again. Unless I have insomnia.


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