The 1st Annual Peter Lawford Blogathon – The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)


This is my final of 3 reviews for the The 1st Annual Peter Lawford Blogathon taking place this week and being hosted by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes

Tnx for letting me partake Kristen!

“Such a nice young thing. Not a bit like an American.” – Susan Dunn’s landlady

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An American nurse living in London during Wold War II reminisces about her life as she awaits word of wounded soldiers which might include her son.

My Take on it –  This is another film that I knew nothing about before coming across it in my research for this blogathon.

The title caught my eye and the premise seemed intriguing to try and watch unfold.

The story is told in a very inviting fashion which helps make us care about these characters as things move along at a fairly nice pace.

Irene Dunn is superb in the lead and really makes us believe the convictions of her character.

We get a very clear look at the way that she lives her life especially when it comes to her loyalty to her two countries; the US where she was born and her adopted home in England.

They present things in a very realistic way as we get to see the various highs and lows of her life over a nearly 30 year period.

The supporting cast is also great with a young Roddy McDowell, a young Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Frank Morgan and Peter Lawford all making these various characters come to life before us which adds even more to the realism of it all.

Lawford plays her grown up son in one of his earliest roles.

Bottom Line – Great story that works quite well. Love the epic feel of the story and they allow things to progress at a great pace along the way.  Dunn is superb in the lead role and we get a clear understanding of her position on things especially when it comes to her internal struggle between her loyalty to two nations; The US and her adoptive England. The story plays out in a realistic fashion as we get to see the ups and downs of her life over the 30+ years depicted here. The supporting cast is also quite good with a young McDowell, a young Taylor, Johnson, Morgan and Lawford all making their characters seem quite believable and realistic as things progress.  Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Irene Dunne reads a telegram from her Anglophobe father to a group of English people. Her father begs her not to marry an Englishman she is in love with and tells her “You’re a Yankee through and through! Think of Paul Revere! Think of the Old North steeple! Remember the Alabama!” The viewer may become confused at this point. “Remember the Alabama”? Shouldn’t it be “Remember the Alamo”? However, since the context of the telegram is anti-British any mention of the Alamo would be irrelevant. What Irene Dunne’s father is apparently taking about is the C.S.S. Alabama, one of several Confederate warships that were built in British shipyards over United States protest during the Civil War. These ships attacked U.S. shipping in the Atlantic Ocean. Since Irene Dunne arrives in England in April of 1914 and married just before August 4, 1914 when Great Britain declared war on Germany, the telegram was probably sent close to the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Alabama by the U.S.S. Kearsarge on June 19, 1864 in the English Channel. The United States sued Great Britain in 1869 over the building of the Confederate warships and was awarded $15.5 million. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIFKUXr0oCc

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