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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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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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"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 18, 1946 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role. 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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Kunstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauß
First waltz played at the ball
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Another fine showcase for marvelous Irene Dunne
13 August 2002 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

One of the great crimes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that Dunne was never given an Oscar....not even an honorary one! Most of her performances transcend time and come off as fresh and natural today as when they were first delivered. She just must have made it look too easy. The woman could do everything! At any rate, this film features another strong performance from her. She plays a young American girl who comes to England with her father (the irascible Morgan) and is soon swept off her feet by dashing and wealthy Marshall. Before they can enjoy any sort of life together, he is called to serve in WWI and they are separated. This is only part of the story as her life unfolds through the next decades and she struggles with letting her son (McDowall, then Lawford) serve in WWII. The film is obviously patriotic and propaganda filled, but understandably so as WWII was still being waged! Dunne is luminescent in the role and is surrounded by a strong array of familiar supporting actors. Notable are Cooper (endlessly watchable in anything!) and Witty (wonderfully crotchety, yet sentimental.) It is a touch jarring to see Taylor grow into Lockhart (young Taylor barely says anything, but "Yes, Sir John".) Lawford is at his most youthful and appealing. The film has a lot of sentiment and melodrama, but also a lot of heart and a little humor. It winds up being quite touching at times and displays a time long gone, but a patriotism that can still be resurrected when events call for it.


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