Four generations of a British family live through their experiences in the Crimean War, Boer War, WWI and WWII.

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The fortunes of an upper-class British family are followed through three wars and four generations.

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Stars: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Gladys Young
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Beth in 1854 / Elizabeth in 1903 / Betty in 1919 / Liz in 1946
Hugh Williams ...
John Beresford in 1946
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Mother in 1903
Michael Lawrence ...
John Beresford in 1919
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John Beresford in 1903
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John Beresford in 1854
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Maj. Wrigley in 1903
Hilda Bayley ...
Mother in 1946
Jack Allen ...
Maj. Wrigley in 1946
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Maj. Wrigley in 1919
Claude Bailey ...
Maj. Wrigley in 1854
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Mother in 1854
Hamlyn Benson
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Four generations of a British family live through their experiences in the Crimean War, Boer War, WWI and WWII.

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Anna Neagle Stars
28 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elizabeth of Ladymead (1948) offers star Anna Neagle 4 characters to play. In each vignette (she dreams after walking into a wall) she plays a wife awaiting her husband's return from war. The sly script is not so much about wars or even husbands (they never really change), but looks at how women have changed. All the women are named Elizabeth and all the stories occur at the country estate Ladymead.

The Crimean War wife is a proper little thing who bravely awaits and crochets doilies. The Boer War wife tries to stay active and becomes a suffragette. The WW I wife becomes a "lost generation" hedonist, and the WW II wife has become a capable business woman who turns the estate into a money-making farm. Neagle is terrific and almost shocking as the would-be flapper dressed in garish purples and greens and wearing war-paint makeup. The husbands are all played by different actors, as are the mothers (who move in during the various war years). Very entertaining. Hugh Williams play the current-day husband. Co-stars include Isabel Jeans, Edie Martin, and Jean Anderson. Oh, and the wall Neagle walks into used to be a doorway as seen in the earlier stories.


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