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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed | | Drama, War, Romance | 17 May 1940 (USA)
During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.



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On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front. Myra stayed with him past curfew and is thrown out of the corps de ballet. She survives on the streets of London, falling even lower after she hears her true love has been killed in action. But he wasn't killed. Those terrible years were nothing more than a bad dream is Myra's hope after Roy finds her and takes her to his family's country estate. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Her First Picture Since "Gone With The Wind"


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17 May 1940 (USA)  »

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El puente de Waterloo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Premiered on the same day (May 14, 1940) that Rotterdam was bombed by the German Luftwaffe. The British Royal Air Force had begun bombing German cities on 11 May 1940. See more »


When Myra reads the list of 'Fallen Officers', there are names with the ranks of Sergeant (Sgt) and Gunner (Gnr). These are not Officer ranks. See more »


Myra Lester: You know, I have a feeling that from now on, everything's going to take a turn for the better. I'm sure it is!
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Version of The Leaves of Autumn (1962) See more »


The Minstrel Boy
Traditional Irish air with lyrics by Thomas Moore
Heard as a theme while Myra waits for Roy's mother
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A Romantic Movie of the Finest Quality
23 January 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The best decision I made for this year was to buy several videos and enjoy the old movies. Amongst the first purchases was of course "Waterloo Bridge," an unforgettable favorite. It's a tender love story that unfolds a beautiful romance shaken by the cold realities of WW1. I was reaching for kleenexes at certain intervals as it does get sad. Not only does Ms Vivien Leigh fulfil her role with feeling and charm, but to me her beauty is like an exquisite orchid, almost exotic in quality. Also, it's interesting to observe her in this next role after "Gone With the Wind." Obviously she's my favorite leading lady! Robert Taylor turns in a fine, sensitive performance, and with all that charm, what lady could resist? This is one of countless stories that could be told about the upheavals that wartime caused in people's lives. For anyone who appreciates good acting and a fine tale of romance, it's a must-see.

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