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Director:
Writers:
S.N. Behrman (screen play) &
Hans Rameau (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
17 May 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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(29 articles)
Una Stubbs's cultural highlights
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 28 December 2013, 4:06 PM, PST)

Vivien Leigh – a life on screen
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 22 November 2013, 4:07 PM, PST)

Gwtw Screen Legend Would Have Turned 100 Years Old Today
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Love Building Bridges Between People; Movie Building Bridges Between Generations! See more (80 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Bobby 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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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)

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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:
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 »
Quotes:
Roy Cronin:Myra, what do you think we're going to do tonight?
Myra Lester:Well, I, I...
Roy Cronin:Oh, you won't have time for that.
Myra Lester:For what?
Roy Cronin:For hesitating! No more hesitating for you!
Myra Lester:No?
Roy Cronin:No!
Myra Lester:Well, what am I going to do instead?
Roy Cronin:You're going to get married.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Wonder Boys (2000)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Love Building Bridges Between People; Movie Building Bridges Between Generations!, 2 December 2007
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in the lead...that cast made many viewers in 1940 look forward to seeing them in the movie by Mervyn LeRoy based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood. They badly wanted to see Scarlett O'Hara from GONE WITH THE WIND and Armand Duval from CAMILLE, at that time their most celebrated roles. Nowadays, when we, as classic buffs, come back to such films like WATERLOO BRIDGE, it appears that this has three most significant prompts: to admire artistic performances far from computerized voices, to have a rest in classical imagination separated from the robotic world of machines, to turn into subtleness, a bit of sentimentality and romantic love separated from the automatically selfish noise of colorful vanity. Although some films of the era cannot be described in all those categories, WATERLOO BRIDGE can.

It's first of all a classical love romance of two people torn apart in the difficult times of WWI, a ballet dancer Myra (Vivien Leigh) and Lieutenant Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor). Since the action takes place in the London of the 1910s, the realities of that time are deeply rooted in Anglo Saxon elegance, calmness, public life. The Waterloo Bridge is a special place for the two: on the one hand, so significant and unforgettable; on the other hand, so tragic and nostalgic. The characters are very easy to identify with since the problems that they face are universal. War is only a background but all the feelings of fear, treason, separation, dreams, honor, desire for understanding and sincerity are every day bread for people of all times. Roy and Myra are very convincing as a pair and as a man and a woman in general. Their romance is short but very beautiful and particularly subtle. Pity we don't find many of such interpretations nowadays. The dialogs are first rate, the chemistry between Taylor and Leigh is the right one.

The performances are exceptionally fine. Vivien is beautiful and talented. She is not Scarlett O'Hara, she is even better in some moments. Robert Taylor is also magnificent as Cronin: very good looking and genuine in the role. No wonder he said once that WATERLOO BRIDGE had been his favorite film since here, he gives his finest performance. From the supporting cast, Lucile Watson is worth attention as an elderly kind hearted Lady Cronin, Roy's mum and Myra's mother-in-law to come. She wonderfully portrays someone of a very good heart and the first moment you see her, it's just obvious that you are looking at a decent person (dream to have such a mother-in-law...) Virginia Field is sweet as Kitty, Myra's friend but the performance is shadowed. The last of the cast I'd focus on is the great C. Aubrey Smith with this specific face and an aristocratic way of acting manners. He's brilliant as the Duke who at last has a chance to dance with Myra.

The direction by Mervyn LeRoy is outstanding together with cinematography and lighting. Vivien is beautifully photographed. But, finally I'd like to concentrate on a slightly different aspect that perhaps does not appeal to people today as much as it did 67 years ago but still a significant one: the movie touches the problem of people in poverty. What is there to do if a dream for any wealth or at least for slightly better financial conditions are in vain? What do people usually turn to? The director seems to be with them who are making terrible decisions in order to survive somehow. Mervyn LeRoy, having been poor himself in childhood, perfectly directs our attention on Myra, her psyche, her decisions and sorrows, her thoughts, her conscience, her exceptionally hard situation. Is it right to judge such people? What would we do in such circumstances?

But not to address the philosophical side of reflections since that is not the gist of the movie, I'd like to say something at the end. This film is very good, very worth seeking. I heartily recommend everyone to see WATERLOO BRIDGE, a movie where you will surely find something decent for yourself. Like love build bridges between people, WATERLOO BRIDGE builds bridges between generations now. It's a pure entertainment in silver screen but with a golden spirit of message! 8/10

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