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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 a hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of wounded soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles ... See full summary »

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Alice Duer Miller (poem), Claudine West (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Susan Ashwood
Alan Marshal ... Sir John Ashwood
Roddy McDowall ... John Ashwood II as a Boy
Frank Morgan ... Hiram Porter Dunn
Van Johnson ... Sam Bennett
C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel Walter Forsythe
May Whitty ... Nanny (as Dame May Whitty)
Gladys Cooper ... Lady Jean Ashwood
Peter Lawford ... John Ashwood II as a Young Man
John Warburton ... Reggie Ashwood
Jill Esmond ... Rosamund
Brenda Forbes ... Gwennie
Norma Varden ... Mrs. Bland
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Storyline

London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at a hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of wounded soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles his father both in appearance and temperament, is not among those wounded. As she waits, she remembers back to WWI when her husband, the former 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 whom 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 Romance That Will Live Forever! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evocación See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 18, 1946 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

[Of Susan.]
Susan Dunn's landlady: Such a nice young thing. Not a bit like an American.
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Alternate Versions

Elizabeth Taylor's scenes are often deleted in older TV prints. See more »

Connections

Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op.388
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the ball and danced by Irene Dunne with Alan Marshal and other couples
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British -USA relations
29 December 2007 | by BriwilmenSee 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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