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The Howards of Virginia (1940)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 19 September 1940 (USA)
During the American War of Independence, aristocratic Virginian Jane Peyton marries unsophisticated rustic surveyor Matt Howard who takes her to his Shenandoah Valley plantation and later goes to war.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screen play), Elizabeth Page (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Matt Howard
Martha Scott ... Jane Peyton-Howard
Cedric Hardwicke ... Fleetwood Peyton (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Alan Marshal ... Roger Peyton
Richard Carlson ... Thomas Jefferson
Paul Kelly ... Captain Jabez Allen
Irving Bacon ... Tom Norton
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Clarissa (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Anne Revere ... Mrs. Norton
Tom Drake ... James Howard at 16 (as Richard Alden)
Phil Taylor Phil Taylor ... Peyton Howard at 18
Rita Quigley ... Mary Howard at 17
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Dicey
Richard Gaines ... Patrick Henry
George Houston ... George Washington
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Storyline

Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbrining when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard. Matt joins the Colonial forces in their fight for freedom against England. Matt will meet Jane's father in the battlefield. Written by Anonymous

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The Vivid Drama Of A Nation's Birth !

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tree of Liberty See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of James Westerfield. See more »

Goofs

During a scene where Matt Howard (Cary Grant) is in his room shaving, with shaving soap on his face, and having a conversation with Thomas Jefferson (Richard Carlson) - A knock on the door is heard - Fleetwood Peyton (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) enters, Matt Howard turns to Fleetwood and the shaving soap has disappeared from his face. See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Played in the score at the wedding
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this was MUCH better than I expected
3 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Despite rather mediocre reviews here on IMDb and in Leonard Maltin's guide, I really liked this movie. Unlike the few other American Revolution films Hollywood has made, this one was both interesting and did an excellent job in conveying WHY the Colonists were rebelling and didn't paint the British as total buffoons or Nazis (like in THE PATRIOT). Plus, the main character's father-in-law is a loyalist, so the real tensions that existed within families was given decent treatment. As an American History teacher, I must point out that despite coming from Hollywood in 1940, the realism in spirit is quite surprising and I could recommend this to kids, as they'd learn a lot.

It was odd to see Cary Grant as a bit of a rag-tag outdoorsman, but he carried it off better than I'd expected. Plus, his British accent really wouldn't have been out of place in the Colonies at that time.

Another big plus for the film was the relationship between Grant and his sons. Yes, it's a bit manipulative, but I really liked the way the writers dealt with this relationship in the movie. All in all, an excellent film.


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