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S.N. Behrman (screen play) &
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Release Date:
17 May 1940 (USA) See more »
Her First Picture Since "Gone With The Wind"
During WWI, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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You're naive,Lady Margaret! See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vivien Leigh ... Myra

Robert Taylor ... Roy Cronin
Lucile Watson ... Lady Margaret Cronin
Virginia Field ... Kitty
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Madame Olga Kirowa

C. Aubrey Smith ... The Duke
Janet Shaw ... Maureen

Janet Waldo ... Elsa
Steffi Duna ... Lydia
Virginia Carroll ... Sylvia
Leda Nicova ... Marie
Florence Baker ... Beatrice
Margery Manning ... Mary
Frances MacInerney ... Violet
Eleanor Stewart ... Grace
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... The Duke's Butler (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Cockney in Air-Raid Shelter (uncredited)
Phyllis Barry ... Second Girl at Estate Dance (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Groom (uncredited)
Rita Carlyle ... Flower Woman on Bridge (uncredited)

Leo G. Carroll ... Policeman (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Generous Man at Estate Dance (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Barnes - Cronin's Butler (uncredited)
Kathryn Collier ... Barmaid (uncredited)

Tom Conway ... (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Vicar's Butler (uncredited)
Connie Emerald ... Waitress at Restaurant (uncredited)
Gilbert Emery ... Colonel at Luncheon (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Commissionaire (uncredited)
Maria Genardi ... Dancers' Italian Mother (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Denis Green ... Sergeant on Bridge (uncredited)

Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Clark - Landlady (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Dowager at Estate Dance (uncredited)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Vicar at St. Matthews (uncredited)
Harold Howard ... Ticket Collector at Waterloo Station (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Candlelight Club Announcer (uncredited)
Bill James ... Sergeant (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Waiter (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Soldier at Waterloo Station (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Elderly Huntsman at Estate Dance (uncredited)
Dan Maxwell ... Cockney in Air-Raid Shelter (uncredited)
James May ... Cockney in Air-Raid Shelter (uncredited)
Florine McKinney ... Viola - First Girl at Estate Dance (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Mack the Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Father (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Thomas Parker - Roy's Driver (uncredited)
Judith Nelles ... Gertrude - Tart at Waterloo Station (uncredited)
Gordon Orbell ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Cockney in Air-Raid Shelter (uncredited)
John Power ... Toff's Companion (uncredited)
Elsie Prescott ... Cockney in Air-Raid Shelter (uncredited)
Jean Prescott ... Third Girl at Estate Dance (uncredited)
Clara Reid ... Mrs. Bassett - Estate Dance (uncredited)
Fred Sassoni ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Paul Scardon ... Backdoor Stage Doorman (uncredited)
John Graham Spacey ... British Officer at Luncheon Table (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Toff (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Proprietor of Eating House (uncredited)
William Tetley ... Boy Opening Taxi Door (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Sergeant (uncredited)
David Thursby ... First Cockney in Air-Raid Shelter (uncredited)

Norma Varden ... Hostess at Restaurant (uncredited)
Pat Welsh ... (uncredited)
Martha Wentworth ... Tart on Bridge at the End (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Head Waiter at Candlelight Club (uncredited)

Robert Winkler ... Boy Delivering Flowers (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Vicar at Estate Dance (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Writing credits
S.N. Behrman (screen play) &
Hans Rameau (screen play) and
George Froeschel (screen play)

Robert E. Sherwood (play "Waterloo Bridge")

Produced by
Sidney Franklin .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Boemler (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Gile Steele (costumes: men)
Irene (uncredited)
Production Management
William H. Cannon .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Urie McCleary .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Music Department
Fred Dolys .... French lyrics
Charles Hot .... lyrics
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ernst Matray .... ballet stager
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6168)

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Roy Cronin:Well, darling.
Myra Lester:Oh, Roy.
Roy Cronin:Shall we face it?
Myra Lester:It's been so quick. Are you quite, quite sure?
Roy Cronin:Myra, I was never so sure of anything in my life. In the moment you left me after the air raid, I knew I must find you again. I've found you and I'll never let you go. Does that answer you?
[Myra nods]
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Why on earth was the film styled with clothes and hairstyles from the 1930s instead of those from 1914? It is set during WW1 but the clothes and hair are all wrong.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
You're naive,Lady Margaret!, 7 August 2008
Author: dbdumonteil

"Waterloo Bridge" is one of my ten favorite melodramas ,in the same league as "imitation of life", "magnificent obsession" (2 versions each)or "to each his own" .

I'd always thought that "That Lady Hamilton" was Leigh's third best performance (after "GWTW" and "a streetcar named desire" )but I've got to make amends :After watching Le Roy's nugget for the third or fourth time yesterday ,I think this is one of the pearls on the crown of Mrs Leigh's too small filmography.

"Waterloo bridge" is close to perfection ,so beautiful it can grab even people who do not care much for melodramas.The cinematography is dazzling,stunning:I will only mention this scene when the two lovers arrive in Cronin's desirable mansion ,it looks like a fairy tale.

There are so many unforgettable scenes in " Waterloo bridge" it's impossible to talk about all of them:

"The Farewell Waltz ",when they snuff a candle each time the dancers go round the dance hall,is one of the most romantic scene you have ever watched.

The ball ,in the manor,where Mara looks a bit like Cinderella ,with her ugly "sisters" exchanging gossips behind her back.

The search ,in all the low dives of London town,and Roy beginning to understand ...

All the cast is incredibly good:Vivien Leigh had everything going for her: acting genius,beauty,charm;Robert Taylor is ideally cast as the young dashing officer every girl dreams of.

The supporting actresses are up to scratch too:Madame Oupenskaya we have seen in Frank Borzage' s works ("the mortal storm")is extraordinary as the ruthless ballet mistress;Virginia Fields portrays a girl who sacrifices her own life for her friend's happiness;that's what friends are for :she shows compassion and emotion;we feel for her Kitty as much as we do for Mara ,it speaks volumes about this actress's talent.Lucille Watson is equally impressive as Lady Margaret ,the aristocratic lady with a big heart.

One should not forget the use of music either: the three pieces which are heard during the movie always come at the right moment: "Auld Lang Syne" (the farewell waltz) which really belongs here ,"Swan Lake" and "Let me call you sweetheart" .

Although completely different,"Waterloo Bridge" is as strong as Le Roy's earlier works "I'm a fugitive from a chain gang" or "they won't forget" .

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