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The War vs Mrs. Hadley
- Albert Collins
Good movie. What I always find cloying is the way Mrs. Hadley ( and the other Washington matrons) speak. they have this phony British accent and this snotty tone (all Katherine Hepburn's films), Did the American rich in the 1930's and 1940's really speak this way?
Well Presented, Patriotic WWII Movie
- Jim Smith
Well acted and paced sometime soapy movie captured my attention as few recent can. I am biased as I clearly recall reading the Sunday paper on a mild day in Kansas City MO Dec. 7, 1941 when my next door neighbor burst into his front yard yelling something about the Japs having bombed Pearl Harbor and that our navy would end the war in months. Well acted across the board highlighted by Bainter, Arnold, Jean Rogers and Van Johnson.
The War Against Mrs Hadley
- Eva Hann
Enjoyed watching this movie///Hope TCM will replay it again....Would love to Purchase it.Thank you.
The War Against Mrs Hadley
- Karen Earle
The War Against Mrs Hadley....loved this movie ...Would love to have this on DVD.... MANY THANKS.
- kevin sellers
Dumb movie about the "problem" of isolationism AFTER Pearl Harbor. Hint: There was none. So, while it's amusing to see Republicans routinely bashed and Spring Byington's ditzy Washington society matron is similarly diverting, there is not much else about this movie to hold one's interest and a lot that is downright dull, like the "love interest" with the ever plodding Van Johnson and non talented Jean Rogers. Give it a generous C 'cause I don't want to come across as Charlie, the conscientious objector. P.S. The filmmakers should have come up with a better way of establishing Pearl Harbor Day in Act 1. Like simply a close up of the Democratic newspaper that Fay Bainter orders out of her house. I mean, have you ever seen an actual DATE on a BIRTHDAY cake? Didn't think so. It's a small thing, but symptomatic of the general clunkiness of this movie.
A great movie
- J. Bosche
I saw his movie for the first time on TCM. I fell in love with this movie. I tried to purchase the movie but found out it was not on Dvd. Is there any way TCM could play this movie again on TV? Thank You
the war against mrs hadley
- k hann
enjoyed this 1942 movie --the war against mrs Hadley -- would like to obtain a dvd of this movie -thank you -- k hann
Favorite WW II home front movie
Great cast in this glimpse of life in Washington DC during the initial days of World War II. Fay Bainter is at her best as Stella Hadley, a self-centered society matron who refuses to let the war intrude into her life. Edward Arnold, who devotes his life to the War Department helps to bring Stella to reality along with a cast of familiar talent including Spring Byington and Richard Nye. There's romance, comedy and some poignant moments in this delightful movie.
The War Against Mrs. Hadley
This is not so much a propaganda movie as it is a story of the times of WWll. Those of us that lived through this period would enjoy this movie and would admit it to be realistic. The actors have done a great job as well as the directors to display the emotions of the period. It is a classic of how people stop putting themselves first and come together as one to win the war.
Addicting war-time melodrama
- Jarrod McDonald
I have to preface that it's not all melodrama...there are some great humorous moments in this film, owing to comic scene stealer Spring Byington. But most of the action revolves around Fay Bainter's title character and the effects of war on her, personally. I think it's significant that her birthday is on December 7, 1941. I like how we see all these people in her life getting involved in the war effort and how she is just not going to be part of it. The character goes on a lonely journey, especially during the middle portion of the film. After her son's near-death experience, and the death of her son's friend, she begins to reconnect with everyone and sees the gravity of the situation. The performances are great, with Bainter and Byington receiving support from Edward Arnold, Richard Ney, Sara Allgood and a young Van Johnson, among others. I don't think this is so much a propaganda film as it is a comment on community, family and friends. Bainter and Byington should've received nominations for this film.
A lesson learned!
I wouldn't consider this "propaganda" so much as I would consider it a valid depiction of an initial reaction and call to solidarity, for a very noble cause. America was still reeling and licking the collective wounds inflicted upon it, by an insidious adversary who "hamstrung" us in a most dishonorable way. Yes, all they did accomplish was to "awaken a sleeping giant"! Great Film, true to the cause. Fay Bainter is great, as is the entire cast and production team.
- Ann Brown
This is pro war propaganda, which is very watchable. A great cast, tight plot, and appealing art direction make "Mrs. Hadley" an interesting look at the theme of the dangers of isolationism after Pearl Harbor. The formidable character actress, Fay Bainter (Mrs Hadley), carries the film with skill, and Van Johnson provides the eye candy for lady members of the audience.