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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 »

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

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(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Davis
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Nora Davis
Fay Bainter ...
Trudy Strauss
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Herbert V. Allison
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Margaret
William Severn ...
Peter
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
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Storyline

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 <alagain@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det kommer en dag  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final film of veteran director W.S. Van Dyke. He was dying of cancer while shooting it, and committed suicide not long after its release. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Tannhäuser
(1845) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Excerpt from Overture played as background music during the Madame Bornholm sequence
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Exquisite Film
11 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Journey for Margaret" is a beautiful film about the stress of World War II. John Davis (Robert Young) is an out-of-place guy who adopts two children, Margaret (Margaret O' Brien) and Peter (William Severn). While these children are sometimes hard to take care of, well, because of their fear of war. And that's what makes the movie so great.

Robert Young as the film's main protagonist gives out an eye-catching and astonishing performance as the children, especially Margaret, are set to make your eyes well up; with their unforgettable performance and gorgeous talent. While Margaret was only like 4 at the time, she still did well acting in "Journey for Margaret" and almost immediately caught the audience's attention despite her unique crying in "Meet me in St. Louis", her funny attitude in "Thousands Cheer" and tempting brattiness in "The Secret Garden." Robert Young was also a great actor too. Though, I remember him being in another Margaret O'Brien movie a couple years after this one where they were trying to help a cowardly ghost or something like that.

The concept of this movie being based on a true story is what makes it such a fantastic film. Kids probably wouldn't get it, but adults will find it truly amazing

10 out of 10


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