Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less known example is a superb work of morale-boosting films from mid World War 2. Well written and directed the film has a simple... See full summary »
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 23 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia Sunday 29 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Honolulu 8 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in both Hartford CT and Norfolk VA 14 November 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18) and on WTAR (Channel 3), in Omaha 18 November 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), in Altoona PA 27 November 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in both Seattle and Peoria on 7 December 1957 on KING (Channel 5) and on WTVH (Channel 19), in Chicago 8 December 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Nashville 21 December 1957 on WLAC (Channel 5), in Spokane 14 January 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), and in San Francisco 17 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); Mrs. Hadley eventually made it to New York City 21 June 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
When Mrs. Hadley, Mr. Fulton and Mrs. Fitzgerald leave at the end, they walk out of the house (closing the door behind them) twice. See more »
I just wanted to know what stand I should take about cherry trees. They're so decorative - but they are Japanese.
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As Fay Bainter in the title role in The War Against Mrs. Hadley celebrates her birthday with family and close friend Edward Arnold, the war raging in Europe and Asia seems all too far away. Arnold in fact works for the War Department and is involved in those negotiations with those Japanese emissaries. But Bainter's birthday is December 7 and when her favorite symphony is interrupted on the radio with news of Pearl Harbor, this Republican dowager's world is rudely rearranged.
This film is a snapshot in time of the home front in Washington, DC during the early years of World War II. Bainter is quite specifically identified as a Republican whose husband had opposed many of the New Deal policies and she reflects his views. In fact she refuses to read the newspaper that her husband had sold to Isobel Elsom who changed the editorial policy to pro-Roosevelt. And the many activities of the home front during the war years like blackouts are just something to put up with.
Both her children Jean Rogers and Richard Ney are rebelling under her genteel but iron thumb. Rogers works in the USO and falls for working class soldier Van Johnson and Ney first balks, but then wants to go to war and do his bit. Ney works for Arnold in the War Department and Arnold letting him go causes a breach between him and Bainter.
In real life Fay Bainter was married to a military man and her attitudes were the opposite of Mrs. Hadley. In fact she and her husband are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. She gives a dignified and restrained performance as a woman who has reality crash in on her.
Arnold's character is interesting and quite within the times. FDR in 1940 after the fall of France appointed establishment Republicans Henry L. Stimson and Frank Knox as Secretaries of War and the Navy respectively. Arnold is clearly a Stimson man brought in like his boss as part of a united war effort. Something the 43rd president did not seek after 9/11. How different our history in the past eleven years might have been if he had. But FDR was the best example of how to make a war coalition.
I must also single out Spring Byington playing one of her patented airhead roles as Bainter's friend. Reality falls in on her as well, but it was a struggle.
The War Against Mrs. Hadley is a curious and dated epic. Even with an attack right here on mainland USA you couldn't make this kind of film today. Too many things working against it.
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