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If Winter Comes (1947)

Approved | | Drama | 31 December 1947 (USA)
It's 1939 in the small English town of Penny Green and events in Poland are about to change lives. Mark Sabre, a writer of school text books, has married Mabel "on the rebound", after his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Mark Sabre
Deborah Kerr ... Nona Tybar
Angela Lansbury ... Mabel Sabre
Binnie Barnes ... Natalie Bagshaw
Janet Leigh ... Effie Bright
May Whitty ... Mrs. Perch (as Dame May Whitty)
Rene Ray ... Sarah 'Low Jinks' (as René Ray)
Virginia Keiley Virginia Keiley ... Rebecca 'High Jinks'
Reginald Owen ... Mr. Fortune
John Abbott ... Mr. Twyning
Rhys Williams ... Mr. Bright
Hugh French ... Tony Tyber
Dennis Hoey ... Tiny Wilson
Nicholas Joy ... Mr. Pettigrew
Halliwell Hobbes ... The Coroner
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Storyline

It's 1939 in the small English town of Penny Green and events in Poland are about to change lives. Mark Sabre, a writer of school text books, has married Mabel "on the rebound", after his real love Nona marries some one else. Just as war is about to break out, Nona returns home with husband Tony. Mable is sure she can hold onto Mark, though. But misunderstood good deeds on Mark's part turn life for him upside down when his relationship with a young girl starts tongues wagging. Soon, wartime casualties take their toll in Penny Green as well as on the front, as the death of fighting men affects lives back home. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A.S.M. Hutchinson's beloved classic of English country life becomes a screen masterpiece!

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quand vient l'hiver See more »

Filming Locations:

Winter Haven, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,740,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $465,000 ($5.3M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Though set in England, Mark and Tony both wear American ties, recognizable by the diagonal stripes slanting down toward the right. English ties always slant to the left. See more »

Quotes

Mabel Sabre: I'm an extraordinary woman, aren't I? That's why you appreciate me.
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Version of If Winter Comes (1923) See more »

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Great multi-thematic moral film
1 August 2006 | by cajsteptoeSee all my reviews

As mentioned in another review this film admittedly appears flat in the beginning, but develops rapidly into a well-blended story about true love, charity, and the foibles of human misunderstanding and communication akin to those so eloquently portrayed in the American film 'Peyton Place.' Both films are set in small, idyllic towns as well, with this one in England, and both films show the ongoing impact of WWII loses of native sons on their respective communities.

The addition of three extremely accomplished actresses in the initial flash of their stardom -- Angela Lansbury, Deborah Kerr, and Janet Leigh -- makes this film evermore an enjoyable watch.


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