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The Howards of Virginia (1940)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 19 September 1940 (USA)
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

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Jane Peyton-Howard
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Fleetwood Peyton (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Roger Peyton
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Captain Jabez Allen
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Tom Norton
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Aunt Clarissa (as Elizabeth Risdon)
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Mrs. Norton
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James Howard at 16 (as Richard Alden)
Phil Taylor ...
Peyton Howard at 18
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Mary Howard at 17
Libby Taylor ...
Dicey
Richard Gaines ...
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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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Drama | History | War

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Pasión de libertad  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Martha Scott lauded Cary Grant's professionalism and assistance to her while shooting this film. This was Scott's second feature film (she had only just finished acting in her debut film, Our Town (1940) several months before) and she was quite new to the acting world. Scott claimed that Grant was extremely patient, kind, and helpful to her. He made precise lighting and staging demands for her benefit. 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 »

Soundtracks

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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