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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

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

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Lady Margaret Cronin
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The Duke
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Maureen
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Elsa
Steffi Duna ...
Lydia
Virginia Carroll ...
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Leda Nicova ...
Marie
Florence Baker ...
Beatrice
Margery Manning ...
Mary
Frances MacInerney ...
Violet
Eleanor Stewart ...
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Storyline

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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ballerina | love | officer | bridge | ballet | See more »

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Drama | War | Romance

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17 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El puente de Waterloo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of all the classic Hollywood films ever made, this somewhat obscure title happens to be one of the most popular in China, especially among college students. There are even audio guides for students to practice their English by reciting dialogue from this film. The reason for why this particular film has become so endeared among the Chinese is anyone's guess. One possibility is that the popularity of Gone with the Wind (1939) in China led many to seek other movies starring Vivien Leigh. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Roy asks his driver to let him off when they reach Waterloo Bridge so that he can walk across, and have the driver pick him up at the other end. The film proper is a flashback that takes place during his stroll. But in the final shot, when they should be driving away from the bridge, we see them starting to drive across it. See more »

Quotes

Roy Cronin: The ballet was beautiful.
Myra Lester: Madame didn't think so.
Roy Cronin: Well, experts never know - it takes outsiders to know, and I tell you, it was beautiful.
Myra Lester: That certainly proves you're an outsider.
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Connections

Referenced in Iris and the Lieutenant (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Candlelight Waltz
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by E. Flat
Lyrics by Artur Beul
Played as the final dance at the Candlelight Club
Danced to by Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor and other couples
Contains sections of "Auld Lang Syne"
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User Reviews

 
Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor - the screen bursts with their physical beauty!
10 September 1998 | by (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

In 1969, when Robert Taylor was dying from cancer and confined to his bed, he requested to view his old films. Apparently, he hadn't seen most of them since their initial release. Afterwards, he was asked by friends which film was he the most proud of. Of all the films he made in his 35 year career, "Waterloo Bridge" was the movie he chose. "That," he said; "was my best film." That aside, "Waterloo Bridge" will take your breath away by the simple fact that two of the most physically beautiful actors appear in it - Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.


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