Members of three Commonwealth armies, an Aussie, a Canadian, and a New Zealander meet actor Leslie Howard who buys them a beer and makes them understand why they're fighting.


(as Anthony Havelock-Allen)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Complete credited cast:
J. Johnston ...
Himself - Pvt. The Black Watch of Canada
W. Atkinson ...
Himself - Cpl. Australian Imperial Force
R. Gilbert ...
Himself - Pvt. 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Himself (as A Passer-By)


Three soldiers, a Canadian, an Australian, and a New Zealander, are on leave in London where they meet an English film actor, Mr. Howard, who buys them a pint, takes them to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral, and demonstrates to them that they all have common roots in the Motherland and to ask them why they've crossed the seas to fight Hitler. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Short





Release Date:

5 October 1942 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Leslie Howard: Perhaps the men who came closest to putting them into words were those Americans, many of them the sons of British pioneers, who founding an independent nation proclaimed "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights - that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Those words and that spirit were born and nourished here, and your fathers carried them to the ends of the earth. ...
See more »


References Pygmalion (1938) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Why We Fought Then - Why We Fight Now
16 March 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Gathered FROM THE FOUR CORNERS, military men arrive in London, prepared to fight against Hitler & the Axis.

Produced in the United Kingdom before Pearl Harbor, this excellent, intelligent little film explores the real reasons why men from around the world should unite to fight, not for Mother England, but for the basic love of freedom & liberty they all hold dear.. By examining these values, the film focuses in on the commonality shared by all members of the English-speaking nations, including America.

Pvt. R. Gilbert, a law student from Auckland, New Zealand, Cpl. W. Atkinson, owner of a bicycle shop in Sydney, Australia and Pvt. J. Johnston, a farmer near Vancouver, Canada, all do a very fine job playing themselves. They are joined by an uncredited Leslie Howard, who acts as the soul of the film - questioning, illuminating, tying it all together. Howard co-authored the script for what would be one of his final film appearances before his untimely death in June of 1943.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss From the Four Corners (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page