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If Winter Comes (1947)

Approved | | Drama | 31 December 1947 (USA)
It's 1939 in the small English town of Penny Green and events in Poland are about to change lives. Mark Sabre, a writer of school text books, has married Mabel "on the rebound", after his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Mark Sabre
Deborah Kerr ... Nona Tybar
Angela Lansbury ... Mabel Sabre
Binnie Barnes ... Natalie Bagshaw
Janet Leigh ... Effie Bright
May Whitty ... Mrs. Perch (as Dame May Whitty)
Rene Ray ... Sarah 'Low Jinks' (as René Ray)
Virginia Keiley Virginia Keiley ... Rebecca 'High Jinks'
Reginald Owen ... Mr. Fortune
John Abbott ... Mr. Twyning
Rhys Williams ... Mr. Bright
Hugh French ... Tony Tyber
Dennis Hoey ... Tiny Wilson
Nicholas Joy ... Mr. Pettigrew
Halliwell Hobbes ... The Coroner
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It's 1939 in the small English town of Penny Green and events in Poland are about to change lives. Mark Sabre, a writer of school text books, has married Mabel "on the rebound", after his real love Nona marries some one else. Just as war is about to break out, Nona returns home with husband Tony. Mable is sure she can hold onto Mark, though. But misunderstood good deeds on Mark's part turn life for him upside down when his relationship with a young girl starts tongues wagging. Soon, wartime casualties take their toll in Penny Green as well as on the front, as the death of fighting men affects lives back home. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A.S.M. Hutchinson's beloved classic of English country life becomes a screen masterpiece!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quand vient l'hiver See more »

Filming Locations:

Winter Haven, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,740,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A Broadway play of the same title, also based on the novel that this film is, opened at the Gaiety Theatre, 1547 Broadway, on April 2, 1923 and ran for 40 performances. See more »

Goofs

Though set in England, Mark and Tony both wear American ties, recognizable by the diagonal stripes slanting down toward the right. English ties always slant to the left. See more »

Quotes

Mark Sabre: Have you seen the news about Poland?
Mabel Sabre: Darling, this is serious bridge.
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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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...can spring be far behind
14 July 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Despite some of the negative reviews on this site, I really enjoyed this 1947 film, which is set in England right before war is declared in Europe.

Walter Pidgeon is Mark Sabre, a successful writer of children's books, who works at a prominent publishing house. He is well respected and liked in the small town of Penneygreen, where he lives. Though he is a shareholder in the company, he will never be made partner because his boss thinks that Mark's political views are too radical. In fact, he'd love it if Mark weren't even in the company. But the only way he can get rid of him is if Mark violates the morals clause in his contract.

Mark married the formal, somewhat cold Mabel (Angela Lansbury) on the rebound. Now his former love, Nona (Deborah Kerr) returns to town with her husband after a long absence. Nona and Mark realize that they are still in love, but decide for the moment that they can't act on their feelings.

Mark's situation is complicated by a young pregnant woman, Effie (Janet Leigh) who turns to Mark for help after her father turns her out. Mark takes the girl in, and Mabel, believing him to be the father, leaves him. A scandal erupts, and Mark's career and reputation hang in the balance.

"If Winter Comes" is an absorbing drama with good performances. Walter Pidgeon was a solid leading man and is sympathetic and strong here as the principled Mark; as the nasty Mabel, Angela Lansbury, then only 21, is very effective. With darker hair and the way her makeup is done, Deborah Kerr continues to remind me of Maureen O'Hara in her early films. She gives a lovely performance, a good juxtaposition to Lansbury's judgmental, snobbish Mabel. As Effie, Janet Leigh justifies her discovery by Norma Shearer; she sports a good English accent and gives a heartfelt portrayal. Binnie Barnes, Dame May Witty, Reginald Owen, Hugh French, and Dennis Hoey round out the excellent supporting cast.

Recommended, and not only to people who liked Mrs. Miniver.


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