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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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Lady Margaret Cronin
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Madame Olga Kirowa
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The Duke
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Elsa
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Lydia
Virginia Carroll ...
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Leda Nicova ...
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Mary
Frances MacInerney ...
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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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Her First Picture Since "Gone With The Wind"

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Drama | War | Romance

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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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Trivia

The scene in which Myra and Roy dance to "Auld Lang Syne" was supposed to have dialogue, but nobody could come up with the right words. At about 3:00 in the morning before shooting the scene was to take place, Mervyn LeRoy, a veteran of silent films, realized that there shouldn't be any lines and that the images should speak for themselves. The result is the most celebrated scene of the film. See more »

Goofs

Even though the story takes place during the pre-1920 World War I period, all of Myra's clothes and hairstyles are strictly in the up-to-the-minute 1940 fashion. See more »

Quotes

Second Girl at Estate Dance: She dances beautifully, doesn't she?
Third Girl at Estate Dance: Well, that's her job.
Viola - First Girl at Estate Dance: Those Cronin men, they're always attracted by girls who - undress in public.
Third Girl at Estate Dance: Why don't you try it, Viola?
Viola - First Girl at Estate Dance: Oh, I haven't the nerve. I'm not quite sure I've got the figure.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #6.18 (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
(ca. 1745) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish song
Played as background music when Myra and Roy are riding to Lady Margaret
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Taylor and Leigh at their best...one of the all-time great tear-jerkers!
14 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Robert Taylor's favorite movie is also rumored to be one of Vivien's favorites--although at the time she was sorry that Laurence Olivier had not been cast in it. (She was always seeking him as her screen partner!) But Taylor delivers the goods--great charm, presence and obviously respecting the fine role that he plays. Vivien Leigh is a revelation--here she is fresh from Scarlett O'Hara and able to inhabit another character's skin with ease, back in her oh-so-British mode and looking as young and beautiful as ever. It's a pleasure that two such charismatic stars are still being seen in this--their finest moments on screen in one of the greatest tear-jerkers of the '40s. Special mention should be given to Lucille Watson for the way she plays the restaurant scene with Leigh at their first meeting--the mother-in-law getting the wrong impression from Leigh's reception. All of it is romantic, tender and charming--with an Anna Karenina-like ending after a surprising twist. For fans of Taylor and Leigh, it doesn't get any getter than this.


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