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The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | War  -  June 1944 (USA)
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London based American nurse, Lady Susan Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood II, who ... See full summary »

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Hiram Porter Dunn
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Colonel Walter Forsythe
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Nanny
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Lady Jean Ashwood
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Reggie Ashwood
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London based American nurse, Lady Susan Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood II, who resembles his father both in appearance and temperament, is not among those injured. As she waits, she remembers back to WWI when her husband, Sir John Ashwood I, was enlisted, and the waiting she endured on any news from and about him while he was away in battle. From a humble background, Sue almost didn't meet Sir John let alone marry him as she and her father, Hiram Dunn, the publisher of a small daily newspaper, were only in London in April 1914 on a two week vacation - her first ever trip - that was not going very well when by happenstance she got invited on her last day in London to the king's ball, where Sir John was awaiting the arrival of another young woman with who he was supposed to keep company for the evening. Despite being mutually attracted to each other, the patriotic Sue didn't know ... Written by Huggo

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The greatest love story of our time! It will live forever in your heart! MGM's greatest triumph!

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Ronald Colman owned the rights to Alice Duer Miller's poem, but sold them to Clarence Brown, who in turn sold them and his services as director to M-G-M. See more »

Quotes

Susan Dunn's landlady: [while on a train leaving England for America] Johnny, don't you want to go to America?
John Ashwood II as a Boy: Oh yes, mother. If you do.
Susan Dunn's landlady: No, no. Tell me the truth. What are you thinking of sitting there so serious? I wouldn't for the world force you to do something you thought was wrong. But I do wish you could see it my way, darling. I want it so much.
John Ashwood II as a Boy: Why, mother?
Susan Dunn's landlady: Because I'm afraid. I'm afraid of what's ahead. I'm afraid of another war. Your father died when he was young. He died for England, Johnny. But you're ...
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Referenced in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Sung by Frenchmen for America's entry into the war
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One of the best films of World War II
26 December 1999 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

This is the story of an American woman who marries into a rich English family in the early part of the 20th Century. We become involved in her experiences during the World Wars and see how these conflicts affect her family.

Produced while the Second World War was still being fought, this film was intended to be both a morale booster for American audiences and as a salute to our British allies.

The film boasts a great cast, each perfect in their role. Irene Dunne is the American lady; Alan Marshal the dashing knight she marries. Roddy McDowall & Peter Lawford portray their only son at different ages. Bumptious Frank Morgan is Dunne's irascible father; Dame Gladys Cooper is Marshal's aristocratic mother. Dame May Witty is the sweet old nurse. Van Johnson is a young American friend headed for war. Norma Varden is the proprietress of a London boarding house. John Warburton, Jill Esmond & Brenda Forbes are various English relatives. Wonderful old Sir C. Aubrey Smith is an opinionated retired Major.

In the unbilled cast, film mavens should be able to spot George Davis, Tom Drake, Ethel Griffies, Lumsden Hare, Doris Lloyd, June Lockhart, Arthur Shields, a young Dame Elizabeth Taylor & Ian Wolfe.

More than a MRS. MINIVER wannabe, THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER has a charm all its own.


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