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I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 9 August 1947 (USA)
A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts.
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'Nancy Franklin' was so overwhelmed by the film I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) that she traveled from New York to the Western Isles of Scotland to see the places where it was made and to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Carney ... Mr. Webster
Wendy Hiller ... Joan Webster
Walter Hudd ... Hunter
Duncan MacKechnie Duncan MacKechnie ... Capt. 'Lochinvar' (as Captain Duncan MacKechnie)
Ian Sadler Ian Sadler ... Iain
Roger Livesey ... Torquil MacNeil
Finlay Currie ... Ruairidh Mhór
Murdo Morrison Murdo Morrison ... Kenny
Margot Fitzsimons Margot Fitzsimons ... Bridie
C.W.R. Knight C.W.R. Knight ... Col. Barnstaple (as Captain C.W.R. Knight F.Z.S.)
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Catriona
Donald Strachan Donald Strachan ... Shepherd
John Rae John Rae ... Old Shepherd
Duncan McIntyre Duncan McIntyre ... His Son
Jean Cadell ... Postmistress
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Storyline

Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood. She meets her father in a fancy restaurant to tell him that she will marry the wealthy middle-aged industrial Robert Bellinger in Kiloran island, in the Hebrides Islands, Scotland. She travels from Manchester to the island of Mull, where she stays trapped due to the windy weather. Whilst on the island, she meets Torquil McNeil and as the days go by they fall in love with each other. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

9 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich weiß wohin ich gehe See more »

Filming Locations:

Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Archers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film has a 100% rating based on 12 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

Goofs

When Kenny is getting the boat ready to go to Kiloran island, Torquil meets him and addresses him as "Jenny". See more »

Quotes

Torquil MacNeil: Have you got any beams in your room?
Joan Webster: Yes, why?
Torquil MacNeil: Count them before you go to sleep and your wish'll come true.
Joan Webster: As easy as that?
Torquil MacNeil: Only the first night under the roof.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: We gratefully acknowledge our debt to Ian McKenzie of Iona Malcolm MacKellaig as Gaelic Adviser John Laurie in the Céilidh Sequences Many friends on Colonsay and on the Island of Mull, and to true Scotsmen everywhere. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Bridie and Joan are arguing in Joan's bedroom when Joan is about to try to get to the island, Bridie has a little speech where she says "Some folks there are, who want to drown fine young men and break young girls' hearts so that they can be bedded one day sooner." Risqué stuff for 1945. It was dubbed in the initial American release for her to say "wedded" instead of "bedded". See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of an Englishman (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Where I'm Going
(uncredited)
Traditional County Antrim song
Sung by Boyd Steven with The Glasgow Orpheus Choir
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There's not much to say about this film, apart from the fact that it's gorgeous and irrestistable
15 December 1999 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

Two things, though, you should watch for:

(1) Our first glimpse of Scotland comes as part of the heroine's queer dream on the train: we see a series of friendly rounded hills, all made out of tartan. It's a lovely image. It's also our first hint that our heroine has even the tiniest bit of romanticism about her. It later takes every force of man and nature in the real Scotland to bring it out.

(2) The locals she stays with are a nice bunch. They're not cloyingly sweet; but Powell and Pressburger don't present us with insularity and narrow-mindedness as if such traits are meant to be endearing, in the way that so many hymns of praise to small communities do. Anyway: watch for the cameo given to Petula Clark, that young girl with glasses. She only gets a few lines, but it's a great part.

This is only the second Powell/Pressburger film I've seen (and only the fourth film of Powell's). I'm impressed. Are they all this good?


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