Waterloo Road (1945)

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A drama set during WWII. A tale of adultery & desertion.



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Cast overview:
Jim Colter
Ted Purvis
Dr. Montgomery
Joy Shelton ...
Tillie Colter
Alison Leggatt ...
Beatrice Varley ...
Mrs. Colter
George Carney ...
Tom Mason
Leslie Bradley ...
Mike Duggan
Jean Kent ...
Ben Williams ...
Cpl Lewis
Anna Konstam ...
Vera Frances ...
Vera Colter
George Merritt ...
Air Raid Warden


A drama set during WWII. A tale of adultery & desertion.

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With the Great Stars of "Caesar and Cleopatra" and "Great Expectations"


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

5 February 1945 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Estrada de Waterloo  »

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Sound Mix:

(BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the fight scene near the end of the film, Jim Colter (John Mills) pulls Ted Purvis' (Stewart Granger) jacket down over him arms to disable him. In a split second and a change of camera shot, dapper man about town Ted is wearing his jacket correctly again. See more »


Mrs. Colter: [back at home after the night's Blitz] Ah well, another day. Still 'ere, aren't we? That's something.
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Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Kathleen Birch
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John Mills, Alastair Sim and Stewart Granger, quite a trio.
15 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Waterloo Road is a tidily produced picture that is telling a pretty prickly story. The plot revolves around John Mills everyman railway worker Jim Colte, he gets called up to do his service in the army, leaving behind his recently wedded bride, Tillie. The local Lothario, Ted Purvis {Stewart Granger} has his eye on Tillie, and with Tillie feeling alone and vulnerable, Purvis may just get his wicked way with her. But Jim gets wind of this and after being refused compassionate leave by his superiors, he goes AWOL and intends to track Purvis down. We are told this story by Alastair Sim's wonderfully astute Dr.Montgomery, who has been sent a fair bit of work from previous Purvis doings.

The film plays out with Jim dodging the military police and lurching from one Purvis haunt to another, inter cut with this is us following Purvis and Tillie out on the town as the day of reckoning for all three of them draws near. When the finale comes it's well worth the wait, mighty midget John Mills {brilliant here} facing off against the tall and fulsome Stewart Granger, just as Adolf decides to bomb London!. A smashing little film that is risqué with it's themes of unfaithful wives and soldiers absconding from service. 7/10

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