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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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He's lost his belief in everything but love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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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 only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Editing. 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

Old Soldiers Never Die
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by those at the pub
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All rather sweet
23 November 2016 | by crisbetts2075See all my reviews

This is a fairy tale, but, as fairy tales go, quite a nice one.

It's interesting to see Hollywood's take on Britain under the Blitz - lots of chirpy cockneys cracking jokes as the bombs fall and irascible tea shop proprietors laying down the law.

Most of Hollywood's ex-pat Brit community turns out in roles that must have been bread-and-butter to them - Gladys Cooper as the snooty old patrician lady, Nigel Bruce in amiable-oaf mode, Queenie Leonard as the tart-with-a-heart, Melville Cooper as the dopey uncle.

Joan and Ty look gorgeous and do a professional job with the script, even when it gets a bit sticky (Joan's cliché-ridden eulogy of England is particularly painful).

If you can swallow the stereotypes and suspend your disbelief, there are worse ways of spending 110 minutes!


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