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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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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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12 May 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Robert Donat, Laurence Olivier and Richard Greene were also considered for the role of Clive Briggs. See more »

Quotes

Prudence Cathaway: [referring to Britain's involvement in the War] It's too late to doubt or question. We're in it now, and we've got to go on!
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Connections

References Crime Over London (1936) See more »

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Old Soldiers Never Die
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Sung by those at the pub
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Glossy earnest combination of ultra-romance and patriotic fervor
15 December 2000 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

THIS ABOVE ALL is somewhat of a variation on MRS. MINIVER, with which it was in competition in 1942. The screenplay is quite literate and full of observations and ideas, both positive and negative, about such topics as the British aristocracy, patriotism, and desertion. As such it deserved but did not obtain an Oscar Nom - equally affecting was Alfred Newman's dramatic score, which also deserved but did not get an Oscar nod. The film did win an Oscar for its varied Art Direction (interiors of aristocratic homes, barracks, hillsides, vast restaurants, country inns, bomb-devastated city streets, hospitals), which was well deserved. Also deserved was its nom for Cinematography, beautifully lit and composed. The additional Oscar nods for Sound and Editing were not deserved - competent job but nothing outstanding here.

The onscreen chemistry between Power and Fontaine is wonderfully palpable - they give two of their very best performances, especially Fontaine, who is radiant. It is an ultra-romantic film as well as being deadly serious about pacifism, desertion and corruption and balances these qualities well to constantly interest and entertain its audiences. An excellent film in every way - it's a surprise that it is not on video and never has been. Also that few know of it. Seek it out on the Fox Movie Channel. Very worth a watch.


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