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From the Four Corners (1942)

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)


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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

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Drama | Short





Release Date:

5 October 1942 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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. ...
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Updating Peter Andres' review
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film is available in its entirety online at the Imperial War Museum.


Unfortunately, the ownership watermark is placed annoyingly high on the frame and is there throughout the short, but it's the only place online I've been able to find it after several years of on-and-off searching. I only saw it once or twice years ago, and it's better than I remember. Mr. Howard does a fine job with a cursory history of England and her empire, centered on London, from Alfred the Great to the American Revolution, and the explorers she sent out "To the the Four Corners" as it were. The private soldiers were also quite good. They were a little stiff, but most professional actors of the time weren't as naturalistic as we expect. They were real soldiers playing, I assume, themselves.

Well worth 15 minutes of your time.

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