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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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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 ... 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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Box Office

Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Archers See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

C.W.R. Knight was a real-life falconer and trained the golden eagle "Torquil" in this film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, as the factory gate swings shut the top bar on it is partially obscured by the hanging miniature that adds another floor to the factory - which is really the front offices of Denham Studios. 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

Opening credits title is shown in all lower case letters "i know where i'm going !" 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 »


Soundtracks

Macaphee Turn the Cattle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by The Glasgow Orpheus Choir at the Céilidh
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Superlatives Cannot Suffice
23 June 2003 | by PiafreduxSee all my reviews

Superlatives cannot suffice to give justice, or homage, to 'I Know Where I'm Going'. This is, simply, one of the most delightful and enchanting films. Ever. Expect it to remain so.

On screen Wendy Hiller is always luminous, and her acting superb. Here, in Roger Livesey's brilliantly understated company - which all of today's leading men (with the exceptions of Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman) would do well to study and emulate, Hiller devotes an unforgettable performance. But I most loved Pamela Brown's glowing effort as Catroina Potts, whom Emeric Pressburger mistook to think ugly: for Brown is one of the loveliest, most entrancing women ever to have graced the screen; in fact, I feel she's in a class by herself, a class never to be entered by another. As radiantly and a sun, a moon, a star, a galaxy, Brown's face and eyes are sheer, transfixing magic.

The location filming yielded an exemplar of black & white cinematography, and the editing in 'I Know Where I'm Going' is its happy equal. The supporting cast, the marvleous special effects, and the whimsical inventiveness of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger all conspired congenially to bait and hook me forever: when I die I hope the afterlife, if there is one, will be of their black & white splendor. I shall watch again and again this dear, splendid film and always appreciate and enjoy its goodness.

Never mind the plot, my dears, just do not miss this cinema jewel. Let 'I Know Where I'm Going' steal your breath away, and then swell your breast with fresh, heady gales of atmosphere. Be enchanted.


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