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This Above All (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 12 May 1942 (USA)
Although she comes from an aristocratic family, beautiful Prudence Cathaway defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Eric Knight (novel), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Clive Briggs
Joan Fontaine ... Prudence Cathaway
Thomas Mitchell ... Monty
Henry Stephenson ... General Cathaway
Nigel Bruce ... Ramsbottom
Gladys Cooper ... Iris Cathaway
Philip Merivale ... Dr. Roger Cathaway
Sara Allgood ... Waitress
Alexander Knox ... Rector
Queenie Leonard ... Violet Worthing
Melville Cooper ... Wilbur
Jill Esmond ... Nurse Emily Harvey
Holmes Herbert ... Dr. Mathias
Denis Green Denis Green ... Dr. Ferris
Arthur Shields ... Chaplain
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Storyline

Aristocratic Prudence Cathaway shocks her family by enlisting in the WAFs. After enlisting, a fellow WAF sets her up on a blind date with handsome, but moody Clive Briggs. Prudence learns Clive is a deserter, but still loves him and senses he'll eventually prove himself a patriot. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

He's lost his belief in everything but love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Âmes rebelles See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title (which is not explained in the movie), comes from the famous line in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Act I, Scene III: "This above all, to thine own self be true." See more »

Goofs

At a U.K. train station, there are signs indicating 'tracks.' In England, these are known as 'platforms.' See more »

Quotes

Iris Cathaway: I'm not against equality. I'm perfectly prepared to be equal with anybody providing they don't start being equal with me.
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Connections

References Crime Over London (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep the Home Fires Burning
(uncredited)
Music By Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
Sung by those at the pub
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Radiant Fontaine and handsome Power caught in wartime romance...
3 October 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

THIS ABOVE ALL succeeds as a romantic drama largely because of the two leading performances of TYRONE POWER and JOAN FONTAINE, both at their physical peak. Fontaine makes a radiant, spirited Prudence and Power has that sincere quality that makes Clive a real character.

On the debit side, it has the faults typical of many wartime films in the '40s--the propaganda attitude is full of flag-waving moments, such as Fontaine's monologue about England's brave fight for victory. Nevertheless, she gives one of her better performances as an aristocratic young British woman who enlists in the WAF, meets Power and quickly falls deeply in love. It's the romantic aspect of the tale that is a clear winner--but the preachy elements in the screenplay do considerable harm in dulling its merits as a motion picture.

The wartime scenes of bombings and air raids is extremely well handled, the B&W photography is excellent, but Alfred Newman's syrupy score used throughout never gets a chance to rest.

Power and Fontaine make a handsome couple and the cast includes Thomas Mitchell, always a welcome character actor, as a caring friend.

Anatole Litvak's direction is occasionally striking but this director has done much more dramatic and serious work (such as SORRY, WRONG NUMBER and THE SNAKE PIT) with greater effect.

It ends up being only mildly satisfying, mainly because of the chemistry of the two stars.


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