During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kirby ...
Doreen Munroe ...
Wartime Londoner (as Doreen Monroe)
May Beatty ...
Wartime Londoner Cook
Connie Leon ...
Wartime Londoner
Joy Harington ...
Wartime Bus Conductor (as Joy Harrington)
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Gates Trimble Pomfret
Ernest Grooney ...
Hotel Manager
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Assistant Hotel Manager
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Archibald Spavin
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Wartime Cabby
Arthur Treacher ...
Second Air Raid Watcher
Harry Allen ...
First Cockney Air Raid Watcher
Aubrey Mather ...
Man in Air Raid Shelter
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Wife of Man in Air Raid Shelter
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Girl in Air Raid Shelter
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During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is resolutely against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from its construction in 1804 until the present. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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78 stars in one Great Picture! (Lobby card). See more »

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21 January 1943 (USA)  »

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In the first scene, which takes place on March 8, 1941, a newsboy announces that Germany has invaded Greece. However, the invasion did not begin until April 6, 1941. See more »

Quotes

Trimble Maid: Eeeeeh - isn't it all romantic? Just like a fairy tale.
Trimble Maid: Yes. She's a nice little thing in her way and I really pity her having to go back to that old Barstow.
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Roses of Picardy
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Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly and music by Haydn Wood
Sung during the Great War sequence
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This Old House
28 May 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

This is the saga of a house handed down from generation to generation and the stories of each of the owners. The episodes range from good to better-than-good, but the value here is in the all-star cast; virtually any famous or near-famous British star from the 30's and 40's is in this picture, and even a few 'Yanks'. The nominal stars are Kent Smith and Ruth Warrick, she the present (1942) tenant. He stops in to sell it, and they swap stories about the different owners throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

In all, seven directors and 21 writers are given credit for working on the film, as well as 79 actors and actresses. It is a "sentimental story with some amusing and affecting passages, but as the story is somewhat hackneyed it is well-served by some superb performances" (Bosley Crowther, NY Times, 3/43). But I think to arrive at the most satisfactory effect one should necessarily be from the Sceptered Isle. I am a 'Yank' and didn't get that effect, but it was still good entertainment. It was shown at the Columbus,O. Cinevent, 5/12.


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