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Waterloo Road (1945)

A drama set during WWII. A tale of adultery & desertion.

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writers:

Val Valentine (story), Sidney Gilliat
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Mills ... Jim Colter
Stewart Granger ... Ted Purvis
Alastair Sim ... Dr. Montgomery
Joy Shelton ... Tillie Colter
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Ruby
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Mrs. Colter
George Carney ... Tom Mason
Leslie Bradley ... Mike Duggan
Jean Kent ... Toni
Ben Williams Ben Williams ... Cpl Lewis
Anna Konstam Anna Konstam ... May
Vera Frances Vera Frances ... Vera Colter
Wylie Watson ... Tattooist
George Merritt ... Air Raid Warden
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Storyline

During the Second World War an army private hears rumours that his wife in London is becoming sweet on a smooth operator who has avoided being called up. The serviceman takes leave without permission to get to his home near Waterloo station to find out what's going on. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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With the Great Stars of "Caesar and Cleopatra" and "Great Expectations"

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estrada de Waterloo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television showing in the USA in New York City Thursday 2 November 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's London Playhouse on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Montgomery (Alastair Sim) deals with the blow Jim Colter (John Mills) sustained to his head, he applies a round sticking plaster. In the next shot it has changed to a horizontal rectangle. When Jim arrives at the Alcazar club, the plaster is a vertical rectangle. By the time he reaches The Lucky Star to accost Ted Purvis (Stewart Granger) the plaster has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Montgomery: What days! What days!
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Bird of Love Divine
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Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Kathleen Birch
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Wayward destinies at large in wartime London under the bombs...
15 May 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is a highly compressed social drama in wartime involving the lives of many different characters from various social layers of London, excluding only every glimpse of any upper class. Doctor Alastair Sim introduces the events from a view after the war, whereupon you are miraculously transferred from a bombed out London street to what it was before the ruins. He has a fairly good view of the whole chart of ingredients of the human destinies involved. The main characters are Stewart Granger and John Mills, both as very young men och rivals of the same woman, who is John Mills' wife, but he is in the army. He gets an alarm letter of the situation from home and takes leave without leave to handle the situation in his own way, with his fists.

Action is very fast from beginning to end, you have to keep very alert not to miss any detail, also the father with his doves tells a special story of his own, and all the beautiful young ladies... One just giving a glimpse of herself is Jean Kent as a hairdresser with a beauty and intelligence of her own. She is the only one apart from Dr. Sim to see through the debatable character of Stewart Granger.

He makes a villain but not without charming and sympathetic traits, you must admit he has to be successful, until the verdict comes...

Above all, it's a brilliant story told with impressive efficiency, nothing is lost on the way to the towering finale with its advanced acrobatics for a settlement, and every story is told to the full. Even the doves are finally satisfied, and the Doctor finalizes this masterpiece of a kaleidoscopic human record with the same charm as he introduced it with. It's a film well worth seeing several times, since you have to miss something every time...


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