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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 May 1940 (USA)
During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. From there, things only get worse for her in this tragic, heart-wrenching, love story.

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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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Drama | Romance | War

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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

Released a few months after the German and Soviet invasion of Poland, and in the middle of the invasion of France and the Low Countries, this is likely the earliest Hollywood film to include the Second World War in its plot. See more »

Goofs

When Roy and Myra are coming out of the Underground station after the air raid near the beginning of the film a traffic light is clearly visible in the top right hand corner. There were no traffic lights in London until 1931. 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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Edited into Homecoming (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish music modified by Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Danced to by Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor and other couples
Sung by the offscreen The King's Men Quartet at the Candlelight Club
Played as background music often
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Taylor and Leigh at their best...one of the all-time great tear-jerkers!
14 April 2001 | by 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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