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Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor
Also Featuring the Original 1931 version starring Bette Davis and Mae
Bonus content includes theatrical trailers and cast interviews with
professionally presented, easy to follow menus and scene selection options.
Waterloo Bridge is a 1940 remake of the 1931 film also called Waterloo
Bridge, adapted from the 1930 play Waterloo Bridge. In an extended flashback
narration, it recounts the story of a dancer and an army captain who meet by chance
on Waterloo Bridge. The film was made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by
Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sidney Franklin and Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay
is by S. N. Behrman, Hans Rameau and George Froeschel, based on the Broadway
drama by Robert E. Sherwood. The music is by Herbert Stothart and
cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. The film stars Robert Taylor and Vivien
Leigh, her first film after the success of Gone with the Wind. The film was a
success at the box office and nominated for two Academy Awards—Best Music for
Herbert Stothart and Best Cinematography. It was also considered a personal
favourite by both Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.
The film opens after Britain's declaration of World War II. Roy Cronin,
an army colonel, is being driven to London's Waterloo Station en route to
France, and briefly alights on Waterloo Bridge to reminisce about events which
occurred during the First World War when he met Myra Lester, a ballerina, whom
he had planned to marry. While Roy looks at a good luck charm, a billiken that
she had given him, the story unfolds as a flashback.
Roy and Myra serendipitously meet on Waterloo Bridge and strike up an
immediate rapport. On parting, Myra invites Roy to attend that evening’s ballet
performance. Roy, already enamoured with the ballerina, cancels his dinner
appointment with a fellow officer to attend the ballet. At the show’s end, Roy
sends a note to Myra to join him for dinner. The note is intercepted by the
directress of the ballet troupe, Madame Olga Kirowa who forbids Myra from
continuing her relationship with Roy. Madame Olga ultimately learns of Myra’s
disobedience and dismisses her from the ballet troupe. Myra and another dancer,
Kitty, who has sided with her friend is also asked to leave. Both young women
then join together, sharing a small apartment, and look for work.
Hours before his planned marriage to Myra, Roy is suddenly deployed to
active military duty in France, but assures Myra that his family will look
after her and safeguard her welfare while he is away. Subsequently, Myra and
Roy’s mother, Lady Margaret Cronin, arrange to meet at a fashionable
restaurant; their first introduction to each other.
Awaiting Lady Cronin’s very belated arrival, Myra scans a newspaper and
faints on seeing the name of her fiancé Roy in a list of war dead. Dazed by
grief and proffered wine, she relates poorly to Roy’s mother in a session of
awkward miscommunication. She is reticent and apprehensive in the presence of
the aristocratic, yet kindly Lady Cronin and does not disclose her knowledge of
Roy’s reported death. Lady Cronin gracefully retreats, baffled by Myra’s
behavior. Myra, leaving the restaurant, faints again.
Unable to find employment, Kitty and Myra face a dire financial
situation. Belatedly, Myra, who believed that Kitty was working as a stage
performer, learns her friend has been working as a prostitute to support both
of them. Too proud to reach out to Roy’s mother for help, the heartbroken Myra
finds it necessary to join her friend Kitty in the same profession. A year
passes. What next transpires is the tragic denouement of love lost, found, and
then lost forever.
Total running time: 108 minutes (Not Including Bonus Content)
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