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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 »
NewsDesk:
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Never a false note 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)

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:
Rita Carlyle played (uncredited) the Old Woman on Bridge in BOTH Waterloo Bridge (1931) & Waterloo Bridge (1940). It was the woman who dropped her basket of potatoes and cabbage in the earlier version and the flower lady in the later version.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Myra Lester:Hello.
Roy Cronin:Hello
[they kiss]
Roy Cronin:You know, I... I thought about you all last night. Couldn't sleep a wink.
Myra Lester:You managed to remember me at last, then.
Roy Cronin:[laughing] Yes, barely managed. Myra, what do you think we're going to do tonight?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bebo's Girl (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's a Long, Long Way to TipperarySee more »

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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42 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Never a false note, 26 August 2005
Author: Igenlode Wordsmith from England

This film is one of a tiny handful which, despite repeated viewings, I would award a vote of ten out of ten. Not because it's a great cultural classic studied in hushed tones by post-graduate students (for all I know this may be so, but I've never heard of it), but because it succeeds entirely and seamlessly in what it sets out to do.

'Waterloo Bridge' is one of those rare films that never seems to strike a false note or put a foot wrong. There is not a wasted moment in the screenplay -- every shot has meaning, every scene plays its part -- and the dialogue gains its power through the lightest of touches. The single scene that brings me to tears every time is that brief, banal interview in the café, with the dreadful unknowing irony of every word Lady Margaret says.

Yet for an avowed tear-jerker, and one that centres around wartime separation and hardship, in an era where unemployment could mean literal starvation, the film contains perhaps more scenes of unalloyed happiness than any modern-day romance. The script is understated, sparkling with laughter and even at its darkest salted with black jest, while no-one can doubt the central couple's joy in each other. They themselves acknowledge, and repeatedly, the sheer implausibility of their romance: but war changes all the rules, makes people -- as Roy says -- more intensely alive. (The actor David Niven, for one, married an adored wife in wartime within days of their first meeting.)

As Myra Lester, Vivien Leigh has seldom given a more lovely or accomplished performance. There is a world of difference between her depiction of the sweet-faced innocent who is mistaken for a school-girl at the start of the film and the sullen, worn creature who saunters through Waterloo Station... and then is miraculously reborn. Myra's face is an open book, and Leigh shows us every shade of feeling. In a reversal of expectations, she is the practical, hesitant one, while Roy, older, is the impetuous dreamer; a role in which Robert Taylor is both endearing and truly convincing. I find few cinematic romances believable, but for me this lightning courtship rings utterly true in every glance or smile that passes between them, from the moment they catch sight of each other for the second time.

Virginia Field also shines as Myra's friend, the hardbitten ex-chorus-girl Kitty, while C.Aubrey Smith provides sly humour as an unexpectedly supportive Colonel-in-Chief and Lucille Watson is both stately and sympathetic as Lady Margaret. But this is really Vivien Leigh's film, with Taylor's more than able aid, and she is transcendent.

'Waterloo Bridge' has a touch of everything: laughter, tears, tension, misunderstanding, sweetness, beauty and fate. It couldn't be made in today's Hollywood without acquiring an unbearable dose of schmaltz; in the era of 'Pretty Woman' it probably couldn't be made at all. But of its kind it is perfect. The only caveat I'd make, under the circumstances a minor one, is that -- as again in 'Quentin Durward' fifteen years later -- Robert Taylor's lone American accent in the role of a supposed Scot is from time to time obtrusive.

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