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London Can Take It! (1940)

Approved | | Documentary, War, Short | November 1940 (USA)
A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

Directors:

Humphrey Jennings (uncredited), Harry Watt (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Quentin Reynolds Quentin Reynolds ... Commentator: War Correspondent - Collier's Weekly (voice)
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Storyline

Reporter Quentin Reynolds narrates and comments on the fortitude, courage, and perseverance of London civilians during the months of bombing by German air forces in the Second World War. Documentary footage of air-raid shelters, fire brigades, and decimated structures illustrate the plight and the strength of the citizens of London. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | War | Short

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

London Can Take It! See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included in Warner Home Video's 2007 DVD release of The Fighting 69th (1940). See more »

Quotes

Commentator: Soon the nightly Battle of London will be on. This has been a quiet day for us. But it won't be a quiet night. We haven't had a quiet night now for more than five weeks. They'll be over tonight. They'll destroy a few buildings and kill a few people - probably some of the people you're watching now.
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Connections

Featured in Britain Through a Lens - The Documentary Film Mob (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.2: A London Symphony
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (as Vaughan Williams)
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Voice of defiance
4 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It was said that the most important fact of world history during the last century was that the United States of America and the United Kingdom spoke a common language. If so that is the underlying reason why this short subject narrated by war correspondent Quentin Reynolds resonated with the American public.

With funny accents these people are just like us and we could imagine, New York, Chicago, etc. the subject of nightly bombing raids and the fire department on 24/7. The title borrowed from Winston Churchill was the voice of defiance telling Mr. Hitler and Mr. Goering to do their utmost worst.

Although the royal family could have left, the King and Queen chose to stay in London, in Buckingham Palace and the place was hit a few times. It was calculated and courageous decision showing their subjects that their rulers were undergoing the same hardship they were. Footage of George VI and Elizabeth visiting and inspecting London were tremendous morale boosters.

A wonderful short subject about some bad times.


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