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The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  13 September 1943 (Sweden)
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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
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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)
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Dr. Leonard V. Meecham
Rags Ragland ...
Louie (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Aço da Mesma Têmpera  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 7, 1942 with Fay Bainter, Edward Arnold, Jean Rogers and Van Johnson reprising their film roles. 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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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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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(pub. 1856) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Hymn by Charles Wesley (1730)
Sung at a music store on Christmas Eve
Also Sung by Adults on Christmas Eve
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An All-star Cast of Character Actors
1 January 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This begins in an elegant manner and is a serious film. It has a fantastic cast, almost entirely made up of character actors. Edward Arnold could be the only one ho ever starred in A pictures, though Fay Bainter, in the title role here, could have been said to also.

Bainter's character lives in a bubble. She's a rich widow in Washington, DC, who refuses to pay attention to the sounds of W.W.II, right up through Pearl Harbor. Her daughter (Jean Rogers, not quite believable as a child of privilege) meets a military man, the young Van Johnson. Her alcoholic son is sent off to war by influential Arnold, rather than disgrace Bainter, whom he loves.

Etc.

It works well, even to the end, though it becomes less plausible as it moves toward its resolution. Would patrician Bainter/Hadley really embrace the working class mother-in-law of her daughter to such a degree? Seems unlikely.

There are strange overtones of homosexuality in this movie. At its start we see a bouquet being delivered to Bainter. It evolves that the woman who cuts her hair sent it. Everyone wonders why. Her friend Spring Byington says, "Maybe she's musical!" and all laugh. My understanding from older friends is that this was a code for gay/lesbian in the 1940s.

This could be my imagination, but the bouquet is never explained and w never again hear about, let alone see, the hair stylist.

Regardless, it's an elegant movie that, with a bigger budget, could have been a very fine one.


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