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Journey for Margaret (1942)

Passed | | Drama, War | December 1942 (USA)
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1940. For the better part of the war thus far, New York news correspondent John Davis and his wife Nora Davis have been in the hot spots of western Europe, including Rotterdam and much of ... See full summary »

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II), Herbert Kline (uncredited)

Writers:

David Hertz (screen play), William Ludwig (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... John Davis
Laraine Day ... Nora Davis
Fay Bainter ... Trudy Strauss
Nigel Bruce ... Herbert V. Allison
Margaret O'Brien ... Margaret
William Severn ... Peter Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Bailey
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Barrie
Halliwell Hobbes ... Mr. Barrie
Heather Thatcher ... Mrs. Harris
Jill Esmond ... Susan Fleming
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... 'Rugged' (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Lisa Golm ... Frau Weber
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1940. For the better part of the war thus far, New York news correspondent John Davis and his wife Nora Davis have been in the hot spots of western Europe, including Rotterdam and much of France, which has just fallen to the Nazis. The war has taken a toll on John professionally, as he has closed himself off emotionally in his writing solely to be able to cope. They have decided to move to London where they consider a safer place to start their family, but still within the war zone for John to do his work. A tragic event results in Nora too closing herself off from the war happening around them, she and John who ultimately decide to move back to Connecticut. With Nora having left and John having one more story left to write, things change when that story deeply effects John. That story is about Riswick Children's House run by caring Trudy Strauss, it which takes in children displaced by the war, especially those that have faced some sort of trauma. He especially connects with two ... Written by Huggo

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A FIVE-YEAR-OLD WITH THE COURAGE OF MRS. MINIVER...BILL WHITE'S WARM, HUMAN COURAGE (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - November 8, 1944 - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Although William L. White's book is listed on-screen as the source of the movie, accounts of his adoption had previously been published in Reader's Digest and Life Magazine. See more »

Goofs

When John Davis is escorting Margaret and Peter to potential foster parents in London, they look at blitz damage out the taxi's window. In the last view of the damage, one shop front has all its signs with reverse lettering, revealing that really they are watching a film that is projected incorrectly. See more »

Quotes

Nora Davis: [devastated, after guessing that she will never be able to have a child] They gave me something to make me sleep. It's coming fast. Only it doesn't feel like sleep. It feels like dying.
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Connections

Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars: The Lion Reigns Supreme (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Tannhäuser
(1845) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Excerpt from the Overture played as background music during the Madame Bornholm sequence
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Drawing Tears From The Hard Of Heart
15 January 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Margaret O'Brien did her first starring role in this film after only a bit part in Babes On Broadway. In fact in Journey For Margaret her troubles during wartime are the whole basis for the film.

She's not alone in her troubles, World War II left a lot of British and other children orphans. Newspaper correspondent Robert Young rescues young Margaret from a bombed out building during the London blitz. But unfortunately the experience leaves her an orphan.

A short time later Young is sent up north to a residence for war orphans and wouldn't you know it he meets up with Margaret along with the woman who runs the home, Fay Bainter. Of course a bond develops between Young and O'Brien.

Young's grieving as well, he and wife Laraine Day lost their unborn child during a bombing attack. Day's also suffered some post traumatic stress as a result and is in real danger of going off the deep end permanently. And still another orphan William Severn also manages to charm Young as well.

If this isn't enough plot ingredients for a real ten towel weeper than you have the soul of Medusa. There was tragedy behind the camera as well because director Woody Van Dyke was dying of cancer as he made this film. He would take his own life after completing Journey For Margaret.

Any committed film-goer knows exactly where this plot is headed. But the players are all capable enough and Journey For Margaret will still draw some tears from the most hard hearted of audiences.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1942 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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