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The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)

Passed | | Drama | 4 March 1943 (Mexico)
A Washington official courts a society matron who is trying to ignore the effects of World War II.

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Cast

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Elliott Fulton
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Stella Hadley
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Theodore Hadley
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Patricia Hadley
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Mrs. Michael Fitzpatrick
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Cecilia Talbot
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Michael Fitzpatrick
Isobel Elsom ...
Mrs. Laura Winters
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Sally
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Millie
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Bennett
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Cook
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Peters (as Horace McNally)
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Dr. Leonard V. Meecham
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Louie (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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A Washington official courts a society matron who is trying to ignore the effects of World War II.

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4 March 1943 (Mexico)  »

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Aço da Mesma Têmpera  »

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$307,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Mrs. Hadley's birthday is December 7th and she is dismayed that the events at Pearl Harbor ruin her party. Ironically Fay Bainter who played the title character was born on December 7th. See more »

Goofs

When Pat goes to turn out the light in a drunken Ted's room, the window in the background is completely dark. When the light in the room goes out, it takes a beat before the light coming through the window is turned on. See more »

Quotes

Cecilia Talbot: [to Stella] I just wanted to know what stand I should take about cherry trees. They're so decorative - but they are Japanese.
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Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Also sung a bit by Halliwell Hobbes
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Terrific small picture
10 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful little film about a sheltered society woman's difficulty in adjusting to the changes wrought on her life by WWII. Mrs. Hadley sees the war as a personal disruption to the routine of her existence and she is not happy about it!

The great thing about these lower budget films from the major studios was that it provided opportunities for great actresses like Fay Bainter to top line films in between providing support in A pictures.

She is marvelous as the unthinkingly selfish Mrs. Hadley making her obdurate obliviousness palatable if not understandable. As good as she is she is fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best character actors and actresses working at that time. Spring Byington flutters and dithers as only she could while Sara Allgood is all warm, bosomy kindness and understanding as an impossibly young Van Johnson's mother. Connie Gilchrist is a stitch as the family cook and Isobel Elsom is very tender in a small part as Fay's rival. On top of that the great Edward Arnold in good guy mode here is very good as an incredibly patient suitor of the difficult Mrs. Hadley.

Due to the professionalism of the cast and good pacing by the director this is a far more enjoyable film than the slim premise would seem to promise. An undiscovered treasure.


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