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The White Cliffs of Dover
Irene Dunne and Alan Marshal




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This sentimental tale of one woman's unwavering courage in the face of two world wars was inspired by the poem of the same name by Alice Duer Miller. Filmed during WWII, THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER serves as a classic studio treatment of pro-British sentiment and America's own honorable part in the war. Irene Dunne stars as Susan Dunn Ashwood, an American who traveled to England in 1914 with her father as a young woman and met and fell in love with Sir John Ashwood (Alan Marshal), a wealthy British aristocrat. Susan's life in England is told in a series of nostalgic flashbacks as she looks back on her past trials and tribulations. Her passionate love for her new husband was cut short by the onset of WWI; despite his courage and bravery, he died on the battlefield, and Susan was left to bear and raise their young son alone. Young John Ashwood II (played as a child by Roddy McDowall and as a young man by Peter Lawford) is a courageous young descendant of his honorable father, and as the Second World War threatens, he begins his own tour of duty. Susan is a Red Cross employee who must service young wounded soldiers and is soon devastated to find her own son among those hurt in battle, leading to a heartbreaking scene of loss and patriotism. This wartime tale of terrific hardship and bravery was shot with great attention to detail. In order to make the British surroundings authentic, MGM hired British major Cyril Seys Ramsey Hill as a technical adviser. The ever-able Clarence Brown directed a stellar cast that also featured a very early performance from Elizabeth Taylor.

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Overview

This sentimental tale of one woman's unwavering courage in the face of two world wars was inspired by the poem of the same name by Alice Duer Miller. Filmed during WWII, THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER serves as a classic studio treatment of pro-British sentiment and America's own honorable part in the war. Irene Dunne stars as Susan Dunn Ashwood, an American who traveled to England in 1914 with her father as a young woman and met and fell in love with Sir John Ashwood (Alan Marshal), a wealthy British aristocrat. Susan's life in England is told in a series of nostalgic flashbacks as she looks back on her past trials and tribulations. Her passionate love for her new husband was cut short by the onset of WWI; despite his courage and bravery, he died on the battlefield, and Susan was left to bear and raise their young son alone. Young John Ashwood II (played as a child by Roddy McDowall and as a young man by Peter Lawford) is a courageous young descendant of his honorable father, and as the Second World War threatens, he begins his own tour of duty. Susan is a Red Cross employee who must service young wounded soldiers and is soon devastated to find her own son among those hurt in battle, leading to a heartbreaking scene of loss and patriotism. This wartime tale of terrific hardship and bravery was shot with great attention to detail. In order to make the British surroundings authentic, MGM hired British major Cyril Seys Ramsey Hill as a technical adviser. The ever-able Clarence Brown directed a stellar cast that also featured a very early performance from Elizabeth Taylor.

Main Cast & Crew

Clarence Brown - Director
Irene Dunne
Alan Marshal
Frank Morgan
Roddy McDowall
Peter Lawford
Dame May Whitty
C. Aubrey Smith
Gladys Cooper
Van Johnson
John Warburton

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 126
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883316228289
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: June 2011

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Movies > Dramas

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Family Interaction
Romance
War

 

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Synopsis:
An American girl goes to England with her father and marries an English baronet who dies in World War I. She bears a son whose own tour of duty begins with World War II. Academy Award Nominations: Best (Black-and-White) Cinematography.

 

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