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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
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
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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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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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"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 »

Goofs

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 »

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

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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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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