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Waterloo Bridge (1931)

A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War I.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

Robert E. Sherwood (from the stage play by), Benn W. Levy (adaptation) (as Benn Levy) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mae Clarke ... Myra
Douglass Montgomery ... Roy Cronin (as Kent Douglass)
Doris Lloyd ... Kitty
Frederick Kerr ... Major Wetherby
Enid Bennett ... Mrs. Wetherby
Bette Davis ... Janet Cronin
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Hobley
Rita Carlyle Rita Carlyle ... The Old Woman (as Rita Carlisle)
Ruth Handforth Ruth Handforth ... Augusta - the Maid
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Storyline

In World War I London, Myra is an American out of work chorus girl making ends meet by picking up men on Waterloo Bridge. During a Zeppelin air raid she meets Roy, a naive young American who enlisted in the Canadian army. They fall for each other, and he tricks Myra into visiting his family who live in a country estate outside London, where his step-father is a retired British Major. However Myra is reluctant to continue the relationship with Roy, because she has not told him about her past. Written by Will Gilbert

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As this picture unfolds on the screen, you will find no maudlin, mushy, run-of-the-mill story, but a triumph of human emotion depicting the glamour of an all-conquering love in the sordid surroundings of a great city. (Print Ad- The Castilian, ((Castile, NY)) 8 October 1931) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Ethel Griffies played (uncredited) the Landlady in BOTH Waterloo Bridge (1931) & Waterloo Bridge (1940). She was Mrs. Hobley in the earlier version and Mrs. Clark in the later version. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in 1918 the cast are wearing early-1930s fashions See more »

Quotes

Myra: Oh, what's the odds?
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Connections

Version of A Ponte de Waterloo (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King
Traditional; earliest known version by John Bull (1562-1628)
Sung at the music hall
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Mae Clarke Steals the Show
5 December 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Really excellent pre-code film, set in wartime London where an ex-chorus girl/current street walker (played by Mae Clarke) heads over to Waterloo Bridge to try and find herself a soldier on leave, and she meets wealthy, baby-faced, nineteen-year-old raw/green Roy and invites him up to her flat. He immediately falls in love and thinks she's a "good girl", unaware of her real walk of life. She falls for him too, but keeps putting him off, racked with guilt over her secret "career". Meanwhile he keeps pressing on, sneaking in her window, tricking her into meeting his family for a weekend of tennis, tea, and cocktails, asking her to marry him, etc. - he's completely smitten!

Top-notch acting and a good deal of chemistry between the two leads helps make this a really interesting, absorbing film. Their conversations together come across as quite realistic, and the performance given here by Mae Clarke is amazing - extremely well-done and memorable. I also enjoyed seeing a very young Bette Davis who appears here in a very small role as Roy's sister. Only one thing that bothered me about this film is, why oh why, as I have often seen done in period films made during this time, do they have the actresses appearing in modern, early 30s dresses, rather than period costume? Oh well, still a really first-rate film, well worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1931 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterloo Bridge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$251,289 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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