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This Above All (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 12 May 1942 (USA)
Although she comes from an aristocratic family, beautiful Prudence Cathaway defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Prudence Cathaway
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Monty
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General Cathaway
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Ramsbottom
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Iris Cathaway
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Dr. Roger Cathaway
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Waitress
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Rector
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Violet Worthing
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Wilbur
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Nurse Emily Harvey
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Dr. Mathias
Denis Green ...
Dr. Ferris
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Chaplain
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Aristocratic Prudence Cathaway shocks her family by enlisting in the WAFs. After enlisting, a fellow WAF sets her up on a blind date with handsome, but moody Clive Briggs. Prudence learns Clive is a deserter, but still loves him and senses he'll eventually prove himself a patriot. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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He's lost his belief in everything but love.

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Drama | Romance | War

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The title (which is not explained in the movie), comes from the famous line in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Act I, Scene III: "This above all, to thine own self be true." See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Clive Briggs: This above all, to thine own self be true.
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Connections

References Crime Over London (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Soldiers Never Die
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Traditional
Sung by those at the pub
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A great film
28 January 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully acted, compelling love story set during WWII in England. Joan Fontaine's portrayal of an aristocratic woman who joins the WAAFS and falls in love with a deserter (Tyrone Power) is superb. She is beautiful, tender, courageous, and quite believable as Prudence. Her speech on what England means is eloquent and is one of the highlights of the film. Tyrone Power is awesome as Clive, too. Joan's character is steadfast in her love for Clive and the chemistry between Joan and Tyrone is wonderful. With the resurgence of patriotism in America this film should be shown more often on the movie channels. Maybe they will catch on soon. A not-to-missed film.


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