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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

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John Davis
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Nora Davis
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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
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Mrs. Harris
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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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

This is the film from which Margaret O'Brien took her name. She was born Angela O'Brien, but she so identified with the character she played in this film that she decided to change her name to Margaret. 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

[the censor cuts out most of Davis' writing about his experiences during the blitz]
John Davis: All I have to show for my month in England is a few brilliant paragraphs ending with three sentences deleted here.
The censor: You'll find we're perfectly willing to sacrifice your chance to win a Pulitzer Prize for our chance to win the war.
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Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Tannhäuser
(1845) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Excerpt from the Overture played as background music during the Madame Bornholm sequence
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A WWII Film Worth Seeing
13 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting film, because it was released in 1942--not long after America entered the war--but it takes place in 1940 and 1941, so audiences had just lived through the events that were the background for the film's action. And they knew some of what was to come after the final scene in the movie.

Robert Young and Laraine Day are a young married couple who have been "on the scene", we might say, as the Nazis have invaded and threatened much of Europe. As the film opens, they have moved to London, where the city is under constant threat of bombardment. Their greatest desire is to have a child. In essence, they seek normalcy in a world where people have become accustomed to war, i.e. they are perpetually afraid.

I can only imagine how much viewers in 1942 identified with the characters in this film. Wishing to bring children into a safe world is such a visceral, universal desire. Later in the film, Robert Young is confronted with an emotional choice that surely tugged at the heartstrings of all who watched. And the ending of the film is a scene that brilliantly involves the emotions of viewers via a graphic representation of the horror of war. No doubt it inspired many to buck up with its hopeful message--as films of the day were designed to do.

Robert Young is strong in his role as the husband who is strong for his wife. Laraine Day is inspiring as the wife, though her part is limited. The two children (including Margaret O'Brien in her first credited role) are delightful.


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