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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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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
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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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19 September 1940 (USA)  »

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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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This film garnered Cary Grant among the worst critical reviews of his thirty-five year acting career. In general, neither audiences nor critics found much to praise about Grant's performance. Grant did not feel the sting of failure for very long, however. 1940 proved to be a busy year for the actor, and this was only one of four films he acted in that year. The other Grant films of 1940 included: His Girl Friday (1940), My Favorite Wife (1940), and The Philadelphia Story (1940). Those films were not only profitable, they charmed critics and audiences and even today are widely felt to have stood the test of time as prime examples of classic Hollywood comedies. 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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Could have been better
15 September 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Simpler than it first appears. This movie tries to be an epic about a frontier man transformed into a civic and military leader - but it doesn't try that hard. Cary Grant doesn't look like he knows quite how to play this guy, and I don't blame him. The material isn't wonderful, although it's a nice story. The wrong elements of the plot are emphasized, and the character of Matthew Howard is less a complicated man than a simple cypher.

It's not a bad movie by any means, but it looks like it's trying desperately to copy "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Gone with the Wind" at the same time. It just doesn't have the legs for either one. I give this movie a 6 for Cary's personal magnetism, even in a stifling role like this one.


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