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Journey for Margaret (1942)

Passed  |   |  Drama, War  |  December 1942 (USA)
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An American newspaperman and his wife, caught in the London blitz, lose their unborn child in an air raid. Outraged, they visit a shelter for homeless children where they fall in love with ... See full summary »


(as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II) , (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
John Davis
Nora Davis
Fay Bainter ...
Trudy Strauss
Herbert V. Allison
William Severn ...
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Bailey
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Barrie
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Mr. Barrie
Heather Thatcher ...
Mrs. Harris
Jill Esmond ...
Susan Fleming
G.P. Huntley ...
'Rugged' (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Lisa Golm ...
Frau Weber


An American newspaperman and his wife, caught in the London blitz, lose their unborn child in an air raid. Outraged, they visit a shelter for homeless children where they fall in love with orphans Margaret and her brother Peter. They eventaully adopt the children and bring them to America. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det kommer en dag  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 5, 1943 with Margaret O'Brien and Robert Young reprising their film roles. See more »


When John Davis is escorting Margaret and Peter to potential foster parents in London, they look at blitz damage out the taxi's window. In the last view of the damage, one shop front has all its signs with reverse lettering, revealing that really they are watching a film that is projected incorrectly. See more »


Peter Humphreys: [the children are taking their bathes. Peter and Margaret have their own tubs alligned next to each other with John Davis in the middle, helping them both] Thank you, my Mr. Davis.
Margaret White: He is NOT your Mr. Davis, he's MY Mr. Davis!
Peter Humphreys: No, he's MY Mr. Davis!
Margaret White: No, he's MY Mr. Davis!
[with that, Margaret splashes water at Peter]
Peter Humphreys: He's MY Mr. Davis!
[Peter splashes her right back]
Margaret White: He's MY Mr. Davis!
[Margaret splashes again]
Margaret White: [...]
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Loch Lomond
(pub. 1841) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Lyrics by Andrew Lang (1876)
Sung a cappella by Robert Young and G.P. Huntley
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London in wartime
25 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Journey for Margaret" is a propaganda film but with a twist. Made in 1942, right after the U.S. entered World War II, it's based on a real story. A reporter, John Davis (Robert Young), and his wife Nora(Laraine Day) are caught in London during the blitz. Nora loses the baby she is carrying and eventually goes home to the states. John stays, but the passion that made him a powerful writer is gone. He's seen too much hopelessness and futility. While working an air raid, he helps to save a little boy, Peter, from a home where the rest of the family is killed. It leaves an indelible impression on him.

John meets Peter again when he visits an orphanage run by Trudy Strauss (Fay Bainter). There he also meets a very traumatized little girl, Margaret (Margaret O'Brien). Peter and Margaret bond with John. When it comes time for him to leave England, he wants to bring them with him to the states and adopt them. But all the flights to Lisbon are full for months in advance, and the only way he can bring them is to bring them as his 40 pound luggage limit. So that means only one child can go with him.

This is a really interesting film with excellent acting from everyone. Young gives a heartfelt performance, and Day is very touching as his wife. Margaret O'Brien, even at age 4 or 5, was capable of strong emotional acting.

Wonderful story.

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