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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Clive Briggs: A man must have integrity. He's not entitled to free thought unless he's willing to pay the price of admitting it. Dare not admit what I believe, then I have no right to believe it
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Connections

References Crime Over London (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Soldiers Never Die
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Traditional
Sung by those at the pub
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A great film
28 January 2002 | by adpyeSee all my reviews

This is a wonderfully acted, compelling love story set during WWII in England. Joan Fontaine's portrayal of an aristocratic woman who joins the WAAFS and falls in love with a deserter (Tyrone Power) is superb. She is beautiful, tender, courageous, and quite believable as Prudence. Her speech on what England means is eloquent and is one of the highlights of the film. Tyrone Power is awesome as Clive, too. Joan's character is steadfast in her love for Clive and the chemistry between Joan and Tyrone is wonderful. With the resurgence of patriotism in America this film should be shown more often on the movie channels. Maybe they will catch on soon. A not-to-missed film.


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