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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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Sir John Ashwood
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John Ashwood II as a Boy
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Hiram Porter Dunn
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Sam Bennett
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Colonel Walter Forsythe
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Nanny
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Lady Jean Ashwood
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John Ashwood II as a Young Man
John Warburton ...
Reggie Ashwood
Jill Esmond ...
Rosamund
Brenda Forbes ...
Gwennie
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Mrs. Bland
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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

John Ashwood II as a Young Man: [From his deathbed] Tell me how they look, mother. Tell me how they march.
Susan Dunn's landlady: [She gets up and goes to the window to watch the British and American soldiers parade together to the tune of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again."]
John Ashwood II as a Young Man: Do you see them yet?
Susan Dunn's landlady: Yes, John, I see them. Your people and my people. Only their uniforms are different. How well, they march, John. How well they march together.
John Ashwood II as a Young Man: Tell me more, mother.
Susan Dunn's landlady: There's a look of greatness upon them. All the strong young boys, beautiful and proud, ...
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Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Carey (unconfirmed)
Played at the ball when the King and Queen arrive
Reprised in the score at the end
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Great story of 2 World Wars with Irene Dunne is still not dated.
17 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is almost Christmas 2002, a difficult year for Americans and a perfect time for World War II nostalgia. I was 16 years old when this moviecame out, I am 76 now and "Cliffs" is as fresh today as it was then. The songs, English and American are marvelous, and Irene Dunne shines. Supporting cast is typical of the wonderful character actors of the time plus Elizabeth Taylor. We are moved by an American woman (Dunne) who loses a husband in World War I and a son in World War II. Frank Morgan, who is always Frank Morgan even in the "Wizard of Oz" is marvelous as Dunne's Father. Dame Mae Whittey, Gladys Cooper, Allain Marshall, C. Aubrey Smith as the very British Colonel -- everyone adds to the beauty of this movie, and we must not forget that Irene Dunne is the narrator of the famous poem of World War II, "The White Cliffs of Dover" which is still available in bookstores. I would put this movie in well-done Black and White, right up there with "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (Van Johnson has a bit part in "Cliffs"), "Mrs. Miniver" with Greer Garson, and the magnificent World War 2 Series, "War and Remembrance" and "Winds of War". I am amazed that "black and white" is still effective. I hope this movie is presented as often as "It's a Wonderful Life" every year in the future.


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