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The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)

Passed  -  Drama  -  13 September 1943 (Sweden)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Elliott Fulton
Fay Bainter ...
Stella Hadley
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Theodore Hadley
Jean Rogers ...
Patricia Hadley
Sara Allgood ...
Mrs. Michael Fitzpatrick
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Cecilia Talbot
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Michael Fitzpatrick
Isobel Elsom ...
Mrs. Laura Winters
Frances Rafferty ...
Sally
Dorothy Morris ...
Millie
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Bennett
Connie Gilchrist ...
Cook
Stephen McNally ...
Peters (as Horace McNally)
Miles Mander ...
Dr. Leonard V. Meecham
Rags Ragland ...
Louie (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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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 »

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When Mrs. Hadley, Mr. Fulton and Mrs. Fitzgerald leave at the end, they walk out of the house (closing the door behind them) twice. See more »

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Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

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Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
(1888) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits
Hummed a bit by Spring Byington
Second movement played extensively on the radio
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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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