Waterloo Road (film)

Waterloo Road is a 1945 British film directed by Sidney Gilliat and starring John Mills, Stewart Granger, and Alastair Sim. It is based on the Waterloo area of South London. According to the British Film Institute database, it is the third in an "unofficial trilogy" by Gilliat, preceded by Millions Like Us (1943) and Two Thousand Women (1944).[2]

Waterloo Road
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Directed bySidney Gilliat
Produced byEdward Black
Written bySidney Gilliat
Story byVal Valentine
StarringJohn Mills
Stewart Granger
Joy Shelton
Jean Kent
Alastair Sim
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Edited byAlfred Roome
Production
company
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
  • 5 February 1945 (1945-02-05)
Running time
73 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office522,090 admissions (France)[1]

PremiseEdit

A soldier, Jim Colter (Mills), goes AWOL to return to his home in south London to save his wife from the advances of Ted Purvis (Granger), a philandering conscription-dodger.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was originally known as Blue for Waterloo.[3]

Stewart Granger later said the film was one of his favourites as his role "was a heel, but a real character".[4] He says the film was made in ten days while he was also making Love Story. He was particularly proud of the fight scene with John Mills.[5]

Sidney Gilliat says he was taken off the film before it was finished. Production was stopped and there were still some exteriors to be shot. Ted Black had gone and the Ostrers put the film at the end of the dubbing schedule. However, Earl St John who was in charge of Odeon cinemas liked the film and got the dubbing done.[6]

Gilliat says the idea of using Alastair Sim's character as a commentator was his, though based on the original Val Valentine story. However, he thought the device "proved a bit of a mess".[6]

ReceptionEdit

According to Kinematograph Weekly the 'biggest winners' at the box office in 1945 Britain were The Seventh Veil, with "runners up" being (in release order), Madonna of the Seven Moons, Old Acquaintance, Frenchman's Creek, Mrs Parkington, Arsenic and Old Lace, Meet Me in St Louis, A Song to Remember, Since You Went Away, Here Come the Waves, Tonight and Every Night, Hollywood Canteen, They Were Sisters, The Princess and the Pirate, The Adventures of Susan, National Velvet, Mrs Skefflington, I Live in Grosvenor Square, Nob Hill, Perfect Strangers, Valley of Decision, Conflict and Duffy's Tavern. British "runners up" were They Were Sisters, I Live in Grosvenor Square, Perfect Strangers, Madonna of the Seven Moons, Waterloo Road, Blithe Spirit, The Way to the Stars, I'll Be Your Sweetheart, Dead of Night, Waltz Time and Henry V.[7][8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Waterloo Road (1944)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  3. ^ "Motion Picture Herald (via: Lantern: Search, Visualize & Explore the Media History Digital Library)". Motion Picture Herald; lantern.mediahist.org. November–December 1943. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ HOWARD THOMPSON (8 November 1953). "GRANGER'S RANGE: At Home and Abroad With A Rising British Star". New York Times. p. X5.
  5. ^ Brian MacFarlane, An Autobiography of British Cinema, Methuen 1997 p 230
  6. ^ a b Brian MacFarlane, An Autobiography of British Cinema, Methuen 1997 p 225
  7. ^ Lant, Antonia (1991). Blackout : reinventing women for wartime British cinema. Princeton University Press. p. 232.
  8. ^ Robert Murphy, Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939–48 2003 p 208

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