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From the Four Corners (1942)

 |  Drama, Short  |  5 October 1942 (USA)
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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.

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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
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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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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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Its Heart Is in the Right Place
6 October 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

From the Four Corners (1941)

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This British short is the perfect example of a film having its heart in the right place but not any entertainment. Three soldiers from around the globe arrive in London where they're about to fight the evil Germany but while on leave they run into actor Leslie Howard. The four men then go to a bar, drink a few beers and discuss the war and why it's important to fight. I can respect the heart of this film, which is quite clear but for the life of me I found it pretty difficult to make it through the rather short 15-minute running time. For starters, the movie seems to get somewhat off target during the second half where we learn various things about England and at this point the short seems like a cheap TravelTalks entry. The stuff with Howard asking the soldiers why they left their lives behind in order to fight is the most entertaining thing but this section doesn't last too long. Howard would co-write the screenplay in what would turn out to be one of his final screen appearances.


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