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Waterloo Road (1945)

A drama set during World War II. A tale of adultery and desertion.

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat, Val Valentine (story)
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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 ... 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 World War II, an Army Private hears rumors 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 house near Waterloo station to find out what's going on. Written by J-26

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

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the final scene the shadow of the camera falls upon Alistair Sim's sleeve when he passes the model train to the baby in the pram. See more »

Quotes

Tillie Colter: You still cross with me?
Jim Colter: No...
Tillie Colter: Why not Jim?
Jim Colter: Dunno.
Tillie Colter: You ought to be.
Tillie Colter: I know. Perhaps I'm just beginning to understand you...
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me the Truth
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Leon and Jimmy Messini
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John Mills, Alastair Sim and Stewart Granger, quite a trio.
15 October 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Waterloo Road is a tidily produced picture that is telling a pretty prickly story. The plot revolves around John Mills everyman railway worker Jim Colte, he gets called up to do his service in the army, leaving behind his recently wedded bride, Tillie. The local Lothario, Ted Purvis (Stewart Granger) has his eye on Tillie, and with Tillie feeling alone and vulnerable, Purvis may just get his wicked way with her. But Jim gets wind of this and after being refused compassionate leave by his superiors, he goes AWOL and intends to track Purvis down. We are told this story by Alastair Sim's wonderfully astute Dr.Montgomery, who has been sent a fair bit of work from previous Purvis doings.

The film plays out with Jim dodging the military police and lurching from one Purvis haunt to another, inter cut with this is us following Purvis and Tillie out on the town as the day of reckoning for all three of them draws near. When the finale comes it's well worth the wait, mighty midget John Mills (brilliant here) facing off against the tall and fulsome Stewart Granger, just as Adolf decides to bomb London! A smashing little film that is risqué with it's themes of unfaithful wives and soldiers absconding from service. 7/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 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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