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White Banners (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 23 June 1938 (USA)
A homeless woman named Hannah drifts into the lives of the kindly Ward family, in a small Indiana town in 1919. Hannah makes herself useful as a cook and housekeeper and stays with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Lloyd C. Douglas (by), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Paul Ward
Fay Bainter ... Hannah
Jackie Cooper ... Peter Trimble
Bonita Granville ... Sally Ward
Henry O'Neill ... Sam Trimble
Kay Johnson ... Marcia Ward
James Stephenson ... Thomas Bradford
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Dr. Thompson (as J. Farrell McDonald)
William Pawley ... Joe Ellis
Edward Pawley ... Bill Ellis
John Ridgely ... Charles Ellis
Mary Field ... Hester
Edward McWade ... Sloan
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Storyline

A homeless woman named Hannah drifts into the lives of the kindly Ward family, in a small Indiana town in 1919. Hannah makes herself useful as a cook and housekeeper and stays with the Wards... but her real interest is in meeting their neighbor, teenager Peter Trimble. It turns out that Peter is the son she bore out of wedlock and gave up for adoption, and now Hannah has returned to town to see what sort of young man her son has become. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Novos Horizontes See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 12, 1939 with Fay Bainter and Jackie Cooper reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Paul Ward: But at a time like this when every nerve in me is crying out to fight...
Hannah: But that would be the easiest way. You must try and find courage not to...
Paul Ward: Courage!
Hannah: Not the showy kind that you get medals for but a private courage that only you know about.
Paul Ward: You're asking me to hoist a lot of white flags.
Hannah: Not white flags - white banners! You'd only be taking a new position and with it taking a new strength.
Paul Ward: White banners? It's an idea. It has a feeling of moving forward somewhere.
Hannah: Hasn't it? Maybe I'm too...
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A story of the human heart.
15 September 2000 | by merrywoodSee all my reviews

We know the author; Lloyd C. Douglas, from whose book this film was made, from his novels of the human heart. In Magnificent Obsession, a novel presented on film, in 1935 and 1954, we are shown the power of the silent benefactor, and the strength that issues to the donor. In The Robe, we are shown the meaning of Christ Consciousness.

Here, in White Banners, Douglas takes us into the power of pure faith, and the power that comes from abandonment to Divine Providence, the most salient and basic teaching of all of the world's major religions.

This 1938 drama from the Lloyd C. Douglas novel, directed by Edmund Goulding, stars one of the most respected character actors of his time, Claude Rains, whom we remember most from his wonderful role in Casablanca. Rains was one of the most chameleon-like actors of his time, able to bury himself completely into his roles, much like Edward G. Robinson and Paul Muni and the few great actors of today's American films, such as Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey and Edward Norton. Here, the enchanting story is engrossing but in light of the movie's fulfilling message, both inspiring and eloquent, not as important. It is the rare literature of film, such as this, that entertains while helping us grow and replace fear with love, the only true power in the world.


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