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The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)

Passed | | Drama | 4 March 1943 (Mexico)
A Washington official courts a society matron who is trying to ignore the effects of World War II.

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writer:

George Oppenheimer (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Arnold ... Elliott Fulton
Fay Bainter ... Stella Hadley
Richard Ney ... Theodore Hadley
Jean Rogers ... Patricia Hadley
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Michael Fitzpatrick
Spring Byington ... Cecilia Talbot
Van Johnson ... Michael Fitzpatrick
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Laura Winters
Frances Rafferty ... Sally
Dorothy Morris ... Millie
Halliwell Hobbes ... Bennett
Connie Gilchrist ... Cook
Stephen McNally ... Peters (as Horace McNally)
Miles Mander ... Dr. Leonard V. Meecham
Rags Ragland ... Louie (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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A Washington official courts a society matron who is trying to ignore the effects of World War II.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Aço da Mesma Têmpera See more »

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Budget:

$307,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Mrs. Hadley's birthday is December 7th and she is dismayed that the events at Pearl Harbor ruin her party. Ironically Fay Bainter who played the title character was born on December 7th. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Hadley, Mr. Fulton and Mrs. Fitzgerald leave at the end, they walk out of the house (closing the door behind them) twice. See more »

Quotes

Cecilia Talbot: [to Stella] I just wanted to know what stand I should take about cherry trees. They're so decorative - but they are Japanese.
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Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
(1888) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits
Hummed a bit by Spring Byington
Second movement played extensively on the radio
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The War on Mrs. Hadley-And They Opposed A 3rd Term for FDR ***1/2
18 February 2010 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

With the war raging by 1942, this film was certainly timely. It really showed the isolationists what they were-selfish in every sense of the word.

As Mrs. Hadley, Faye Bainter etched an unforgettable character in a truly under-rated performance. Her late husband, a newspaper editor, wanted one-term presidencies and not only opposed FDR's policies, but was totally against his running for a 3rd term in 1940. Surrounded by memorabilia of Republican administrations, the war and everything else occurring in the film is a direct threat to Mrs. Hadley's very existence. Her erudite manner and apparent sophistication,in a world of snobby people looking down on others, is depicted beautifully. She even, as an over-protective mother, tries to get her son out of serving in the army.

Bainter is supported by a marvelous cast. Jean Rogers is the daughter who will buck her to marry army private Van Johnson. In the same year that he played the son to the Miniver's, Richard Ney is convincing as the alcoholic son who finds his way out of his mother's orbit by going into the service.

Edward Arnold is an old family friend, who works for the government and makes sure that Ney is drafted to the consternation of Mrs. Hadley.

Then, there is Spring Byington as Cecelia, Bainter's faithful friend who doesn't share her disposition and contempt for others.

Coming from an Oscar nominated turn in "How Green Was My Valley," Sara Allgood is wonderful as Van Johnson's mother, who knows how to deal with Mrs. Hadley. Allgood's Irish brogue and manner serves her well again. It should be noted that Allgood really should have won the supporting Oscar for 'Valley.'

The film works well because it ultimately deals with the human spirit. No matter what our differences, national emergency must bring us together to fight for the American ideal against totalitarianism.

A memorable film dealing with an epic time in history.


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