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Journey for Margaret (1942)

Passed | | Drama, War | December 1942 (USA)
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 »

Directors:

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

Writers:

(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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Great Book! Great Picture!

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

Although William L. White's book is listed on-screen as the source of the movie, accounts of his adoption had previously been published in Reader's Digest and Life Magazine. 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

[John Davis is trying to get other airplane passengers to leave behind their luggage so he can take one of the children on the flight]
Japanese statesman: Oh, so sorry - but that would mean leaving my confidential files. Also, I must be back in Tokyo by early December
[the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941]
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Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Tannhäuser
(1845) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Excerpt from Overture played as background music during the Madame Bornholm sequence
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Drawing Tears From The Hard Of Heart
15 January 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Margaret O'Brien did her first starring role in this film after only a bit part in Babes On Broadway. In fact in Journey For Margaret her troubles during wartime are the whole basis for the film.

She's not alone in her troubles, World War II left a lot of British and other children orphans. Newspaper correspondent Robert Young rescues young Margaret from a bombed out building during the London blitz. But unfortunately the experience leaves her an orphan.

A short time later Young is sent up north to a residence for war orphans and wouldn't you know it he meets up with Margaret along with the woman who runs the home, Fay Bainter. Of course a bond develops between Young and O'Brien.

Young's grieving as well, he and wife Laraine Day lost their unborn child during a bombing attack. Day's also suffered some post traumatic stress as a result and is in real danger of going off the deep end permanently. And still another orphan William Severn also manages to charm Young as well.

If this isn't enough plot ingredients for a real ten towel weeper than you have the soul of Medusa. There was tragedy behind the camera as well because director Woody Van Dyke was dying of cancer as he made this film. He would take his own life after completing Journey For Margaret.

Any committed film-goer knows exactly where this plot is headed. But the players are all capable enough and Journey For Margaret will still draw some tears from the most hard hearted of audiences.


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