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Journey for Margaret (1942)

Passed | | Drama, War | December 1942 (USA)
1940. For the better part of the war thus far, New York news correspondent John Davis and his wife Nora Davis have been in the hot spots of western Europe, including Rotterdam and much of ... See full summary »

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II), Herbert Kline (uncredited)

Writers:

David Hertz (screen play), William Ludwig (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... John Davis
Laraine Day ... Nora Davis
Fay Bainter ... Trudy Strauss
Nigel Bruce ... Herbert V. Allison
Margaret O'Brien ... Margaret
William Severn ... Peter Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Bailey
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Barrie
Halliwell Hobbes ... Mr. Barrie
Heather Thatcher ... Mrs. Harris
Jill Esmond ... Susan Fleming
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... 'Rugged' (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Lisa Golm ... Frau Weber
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1940. For the better part of the war thus far, New York news correspondent John Davis and his wife Nora Davis have been in the hot spots of western Europe, including Rotterdam and much of France, which has just fallen to the Nazis. The war has taken a toll on John professionally, as he has closed himself off emotionally in his writing solely to be able to cope. They have decided to move to London where they consider a safer place to start their family, but still within the war zone for John to do his work. A tragic event results in Nora too closing herself off from the war happening around them, she and John who ultimately decide to move back to Connecticut. With Nora having left and John having one more story left to write, things change when that story deeply effects John. That story is about Riswick Children's House run by caring Trudy Strauss, it which takes in children displaced by the war, especially those that have faced some sort of trauma. He especially connects with two ... Written by Huggo

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Great Book! Great Picture!

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Drama | War

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Trivia

Although William L. White's book is listed on-screen as the source of the movie, accounts of his adoption had previously been published in Reader's Digest and Life Magazine. See more »

Goofs

When John Davis is escorting Margaret and Peter to potential foster parents in London, they look at blitz damage out the taxi's window. In the last view of the damage, one shop front has all its signs with reverse lettering, revealing that really they are watching a film that is projected incorrectly. See more »

Quotes

Nora Davis: [devastated, after guessing that she will never be able to have a child] They gave me something to make me sleep. It's coming fast. Only it doesn't feel like sleep. It feels like dying.
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Connections

Featured in Private Screenings: Child Stars (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Loch Lomond
(pub. 1841) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Lyrics by Andrew Lang (1876)
Sung a cappella by Robert Young and G.P. Huntley
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User Reviews

Exquisite Film
11 September 2011 | by kill-the-boxtrollsSee all my reviews

"Journey for Margaret" is a beautiful film about the stress of World War II. John Davis (Robert Young) is an out-of-place guy who adopts two children, Margaret (Margaret O' Brien) and Peter (William Severn). While these children are sometimes hard to take care of, well, because of their fear of war. And that's what makes the movie so great.

Robert Young as the film's main protagonist gives out an eye-catching and astonishing performance as the children, especially Margaret, are set to make your eyes well up; with their unforgettable performance and gorgeous talent. While Margaret was only like 4 at the time, she still did well acting in "Journey for Margaret" and almost immediately caught the audience's attention despite her unique crying in "Meet me in St. Louis", her funny attitude in "Thousands Cheer" and tempting brattiness in "The Secret Garden." Robert Young was also a great actor too. Though, I remember him being in another Margaret O'Brien movie a couple years after this one where they were trying to help a cowardly ghost or something like that.

The concept of this movie being based on a true story is what makes it such a fantastic film. Kids probably wouldn't get it, but adults will find it truly amazing

10 out of 10


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Language:

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1.37 : 1
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