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This Above All (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 12 May 1942 (USA)

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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
Henry Stephenson ...
General Cathaway
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Ramsbottom
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Iris Cathaway
Philip Merivale ...
Dr. Roger Cathaway
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Waitress
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Rector
Queenie Leonard ...
Violet Worthing
Melville Cooper ...
Wilbur
Jill Esmond ...
Nurse Emily Harvey
Holmes Herbert ...
Dr. Mathias
Denis Green ...
Dr. Ferris
Arthur Shields ...
Chaplain
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Storyline

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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12 May 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Clive (né Vivian) James chose his name from this character. See more »

Quotes

Iris Cathaway: I'm not against equality. I'm perfectly prepared to be equal with anybody providing they don't start being equal with me.
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Connections

References Crime Over London (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Smiles
(uncredited)
Music by Lee S. Roberts
Played as dance music at the pub
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As Phoney as the Phoney War
24 December 2009 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Given that all the other reviews on this film are from people who live outside the UK i thought i would give a review from the UK.In my view this is the phoniest film about the war in 1940 that was ever perpetrated by Hollywood.Virtually everything about it was wrong.The characters always seem to be going to restaurants and travelling in cars as if there was no rationing.They go down to what is clearly supposed to be a restricted area on the coast without ID.They go to a pub where a Hollywood idea of cockney is spoken other than the "Mumerset" accent of Nigel Bruce. Now there were conscientious objectors but these were normally people with a conscience about taking part in war.James Mason is one example.However the ideas and views put forward by Powers character would not have been current in the later part of 1940.By that time this country was fighting on its own in a life and death struggle.Chamberlain had resigned and Churchill was now PM.There was an all party coalition government not a National Conservative government.Hitlers peace feelers had been rebuffed and with the blitz there was now no go back.So the anti war sentiments put forward in the film are totally unbelievable as is Powers character.This film may have been a big success in its day but now looks very dated.


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