Journey for Margaret (1942) - IMDb
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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Cast

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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Taglines:

THE GREAT HEART STORY OF OUR TIME! Till the flame of Liberty lights the world again! (Print Ad-Rochester Times-Union,((Rochester NY)) 3 March 1943) See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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

Peter Humphreys: [the children are taking their baths. Peter and Margaret have their own tubs, aligned next to each other, with John Davis in the middle helping them both] Thank you, my Mr. Davis.
Margaret White: He is NOT your Mr. Davis, he's MY Mr. Davis!
Peter Humphreys: No, he's MY Mr. Davis!
Margaret White: No, he's MY Mr. Davis!
[With that, Margaret splashes water at Peter]
Margaret White: [eliminate]
Peter Humphreys: He's MY Mr. Davis!
[Peter splashes her back]
Peter Humphreys: [eliminate]
Margaret White: He's MY Mr. Davis!
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Private Screenings: Child Stars (2006) 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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no cliche, this one
24 February 2000 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

How refreshing it is to come across a World War Two film minus the usual cliche scenes and ideas that infiltrated so many movies during the war years. Robert Young (as reporter John Davis) gives a consistent and profound portrayal surrounding a real concern for the human condition in terms of the effects of war on children. Margaret O'Brien (as orphan Margaret White)is haunting as the child with the magnesium bomb. William Severn's performance (as playmate Peter Humphreys) is addictive. But then there is so much good acting in this film by so many of the cast, especially that of Fay Bainter (as Trudy Strauss). The film makes it clear that war is the common enemy of all children, for, as Trudy says, "surely children must be allowed to cry for all they have lost."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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