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The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | June 1944 (USA)
London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Susan Ashwood
... Sir John Ashwood
... John Ashwood II as a Boy
... Hiram Porter Dunn
... Sam Bennett
... Colonel Walter Forsythe
... Nanny (as Dame May Whitty)
... Lady Jean Ashwood
... John Ashwood II as a Young Man
... Reggie Ashwood
... Rosamund
Brenda Forbes ... Gwennie
... Mrs. Bland
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London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles his father both in appearance and temperament, is not among those injured. As she waits, she remembers back to WWI when her husband, the previous Sir John Ashwood, was enlisted, and the waiting she endured on any news from and about him while he was away in battle. From a humble background, Sue almost didn't meet Sir John let alone marry him as she and her father, Hiram Dunn, the publisher of a small daily newspaper, were only in London in April 1914 on a two week vacation - her first ever trip - that was not going very well when by happenstance she got invited on her last day in London to the king's ball, where Sir John was awaiting the arrival of another young woman with who he was supposed to keep company for the evening. Despite being mutually attracted to each other, the patriotic Sue didn't ... Written by Huggo

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The greatest love story of our time! It will live forever in your heart! MGM's greatest triumph!

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Evocación  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere in Philadelphia Monday 15 October 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Monday 22 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Seattle Thursday 27 October 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by Altoona PA Monday 19 November 1956 and by Omaha Wednesday 30 January 1957 on WOW (Channel 6); in Chicago it first aired 8 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); other initial telecasts took place in Minneapolis 25 December 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and in San Francisco 20 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), followed by New York City 8 June 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Susan Dunn's landlady: God will never forgive us, if we break faith with our dead again
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Referenced in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) See more »

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God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Carey (unconfirmed)
Played at the ball when the King and Queen arrive
Reprised in the score at the end
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British -USA relations
29 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie telecast recently on TCM was one of many made to promote better relations between the ordinary people of Britain and the USA. Michael Korda claims in his book that his father, Sir Alexander Korda was sent to Hollywood by Churchill, before the USA entered the war, with a mission to persuade his movie mogul friends to make movies with pro British themes. By the time this movie was released,there was a large build up of US service personnel in the UK in preparation for invasion of Europe and resentment towards the GI's was not uncommon. For many of todays viewers it may seem to be a little over the top. Howerver it is a classic, if for the only reason, it was our first glimpse of the fabulous Liz Taylor.


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