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The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)

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

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London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, 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, the previous Sir John Ashwood, 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 ... 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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Drama | Romance | War

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Irene Dunne reads a telegram from her Anglophobe father to a group of English people. Her father begs her not to marry an Englishman she is in love with and tells her "You're a Yankee through and through! Think of Paul Revere! Think of the Old North steeple! Remember the Alabama!" The viewer may become confused at this point. "Remember the Alabama"? Shouldn't it be "Remember the Alamo"? However, since the context of the telegram is anti-British any mention of the Alamo would be irrelevant. What Irene Dunne's father is apparently taking about is the C.S.S. Alabama, one of several Confederate warships that were built in British shipyards over United States protest during the Civil War. These ships attacked U.S. shipping in the Atlantic Ocean. Since Irene Dunne arrives in England in April of 1914 and married just before August 4, 1914 when Great Britain declared war on Germany, the telegram was probably sent close to the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Alabama by the U.S.S. Kearsarge on June 19, 1864 in the English Channel. The United States sued Great Britain in 1869 over the building of the Confederate warships and was awarded $15,500,000. 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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Referenced in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) See more »

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Liebestraum nach dem Balle, Intermezzo Op.356
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Written by Alphons Czibulka
During the Dieppe scene, Irene Dunne and her husband meet while he is on leave and they hear a band outside playing that waltz.
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Holds up quite well, in almost every respect.
19 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Finally caught up with this one on a recent Turner Classic Movies broadcast and found it quite enthralling, despite its rather protracted length and of-its-era WWII wartime propagandizing. It's exceptionally smoothly directed by Clarence Brown and mounted in the very plushest M-G-M manner. It's impossible to imagine a story like this being as lavishly produced today. The cast is attractive and capable, with Irene Dunne (beautifully gowned and coiffed throughout) more than holding her own amidst a virtual platoon of marvelous British actors and actresses. The ubiquitous Frank Morgan manages to be minimally irritating; in fact he's quite credibly effective as Dunne's irascible American father. And even Herbert Stothart, whose scores often sound rather syrupy and intrusive to these ears, provides one of his best accompaniments to a story that spans decades and quite a gamut of emotions. Those whose attention spans haven't been stunted by the fragmented way we receive so much information and entertainment today should find this a rewarding example of how cinema audiences of several decades ago were respectfully treated by the Hollywood studio system at its professional best.


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