White Banners (1938)


“You don’t think I have a fighting chance!” – Paul Ward

“I don’t think you have a chance, fighting!” – Hannah

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A homeless woman is taken in by a simple family in Indiana and quickly becomes a part of their family.

My Take on it – This is another film in the rapidly shrinking list of films that I had never seen or even heard of before beginning my journey to watch all films that have received Oscar nominations in the acting categories.

The premise of this film is quite enjoyable and they find a way to make it stay entertaining throughout.

Faye Bainter does a wonderful job in the lead role and the nature of her character helps make this story more realistic to watch unfold.

Her quick integration into this family works well in establishing how much the two sides can gain and learn from one another about so many different themes in life.

She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for est Actress for her work here.

The story and plot play out really smoothly and the various surprises along the way help make this even more enjoyable to watch as it unfolds into directions that one might not expect.

This also helps enhance the way that we view both the characters and the story along the way.

Fun seeing Claude Raines in this film as an inspiring inventor who is able to give us a mixture of comedy and drama with his various attempts to create new inventions throughout the story.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing premise that works quite well. Bainter is exceptional in the lead role and her nature becomes quite endearing to the family as she helps them with all that is needed. She was nominated for an Oscar for her work here and was quite deserving of that accolade. The story plays out really well and is filled with some nice surprises along the way that help enhance the characters and the story itself.  Raines stands out among the other characters and manages to toe the fine line between drama and comedy with the various inventions that he tries to make work throughout the film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Fay Bainter was nominated for a best actress “Oscar” for this film. The same year she was nominated for best supporting actress for “Jezebel” – the first time an actress had been nominated in both categories. She won for “Jezebel”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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