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From the Four Corners (1942)

Members of three Commonwealth armies, an Aussie, a Canadian, and a New Zealander meet actor Leslie Howard who buys them a beer and makes them understand why they're fighting.


Anthony Havelock-Allan (as Anthony Havelock-Allen)




Complete credited cast:
J. Johnston J. Johnston ... Himself - Pvt. The Black Watch of Canada
W. Atkinson W. Atkinson ... Himself - Cpl. Australian Imperial Force
R. Gilbert R. Gilbert ... Himself - Pvt. 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Leslie Howard ... Himself (as A Passer-By)


Three soldiers, a Canadian, an Australian, and a New Zealander, are on leave in London where they meet an English film actor, Mr. Howard, who buys them a pint, takes them to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral, and demonstrates to them that they all have common roots in the Motherland and to ask them why they've crossed the seas to fight Hitler. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | Short







Release Date:

5 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ministry of Information See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Leslie Howard: Perhaps the men who came closest to putting them into words were those Americans, many of them the sons of British pioneers, who founding an independent nation proclaimed "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights - that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Those words and that spirit were born and nourished here, and your fathers carried them to the ends of the earth. ...
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WWII Propaganda Short
1 March 2000 | by annbSee all my reviews

A well-done little propaganda piece set in London, bringing together Leslie Howard (his appearance the more poignant, knowing that he died fighting in WWII) and three former British Empire soldiers, one each from New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. These three first deny that they came to fight for "the Motherland," but Howard brings out their hearth-and-home motives and pulls it all together with a flag-waving, "we all love justice and good and are merciful to the vanquished" speech which even extends to the USA. Lump-in-the-throat stuff, done right, with a fairly light touch for wartime.

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