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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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Novos Horizontes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

News item - Saturday, May 14,1938 -Burbank, California: Warners is rushing scoring of "White Banners," based upon the Lloyd C. Douglas novel, in order to have the film ready for screening at the Dallas sales convention (Warners)which opens Monday. Max Steiner, who is composing the original score, is working day and night to complete the assignment. See more »

Quotes

Paul Ward: You don't think I have a fighting chance!
Hannah: I don't think you have a chance, fighting!
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Featured in Breakdowns of 1938 (1938) See more »

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Worth every minute.
8 February 2005 | by jerryw-1See all my reviews

I caught this gem early one morning, after waking up early unable to fall back asleep. How fortunate, White Banners is a movie I had never heard or knew about. I really did not expect much. Was I surprised how quickly I was drawn into this wonderful light drama. Wonderfully written and directed. The casting superb in all choices and Fay Bainter was simply magnificent and unforgettable. Truly a most memorable and haunting performance. Claude Rains, always great, gives a spunky and marvelously slightly eccentric touch to his masterful performance. Cooper and Granville are great together. Kay Johnson (Madam Satan) what a surprise! Very nice subdued performance. I was really glad to have discovered this forgotten classic. As wonderful as A Wonderful Life. I highly recommend making time to catch this, it's worth every minute of it's 92 minutes; wish it was longer.


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