Monday, March 30, 2020

Mrs. Miniver

Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon

We see and hear about Dunkirk, as from the previous post : Just a Few Words. Seeing those young men, saved from absolutely certain death, fills me with pride. They were brave and dedicated to their countries.

The British people stood by them and gave the military all that they had.

One movie, Mrs. Miniver, released in 1942 presents the amazing commitment to these home bound men, women, and children.


A synopsis:

"A moving drama about a middle-class En
glish family learning to cope with war, told in a series of dramatic vignettes. The family, headed by the lovely and gracious matriarch, endures the departure of the father for the beaches at Dunkirk, the discovery of a wounded Nazi pilot, the death of the daughter-in-law in an air raid, and the entry of the son into the Royal Air Force." 

The Film that Goebbels Feared  :Winston Churchill credited Mrs Miniver with increasing American support for the war effort. A new programme finds out how the domestic drama changed history.

Greer Garson won the Best Actress for her phenomenal performance.

Please watch it. It would be a well spent 2 hours.

36 comments:

  1. And now this generation has its own war against a faceless enemy and we SHALL overcome.

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    1. We do live in a dangerous time, a different time.

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  2. We need to stand up as they did, i hope we are up to the challenge. We need a next great generation, and everyone needs to be a part of it.

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    1. Well said. My folks were that generation, which are dying off. It is time for we and our offspring are ready to do exactly that.

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  3. I don't think I've seen this one. I'll have to fix that.

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  4. It's been years since I've seen "Mrs Miniver" but yes, it is a good movie.

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    1. Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon performed beautifully.

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  5. I've never seen this, I tend to avoid movies about the wars. My dad used to watch war movies and was always making remarks about how they were always favouring the Americans as heroes, saying not all the Germans were as bad as the movies made out. Dad was in WW2, but on the German side. I got sick of hearing it all. Then my first husband was a soldier and now I can't stand the khaki colour.

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    1. My father watched commentaries narrated by Walter Cronkite. But that was all.

      I can understand how he felt and you as well. Mrs. Miniver was strictly from how the homeland was affected. It is one to watch.

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  6. It has been a very long time since I have seen this I did not know that Churchill and others gave it so much credit Maybe I will watch it again soon.

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    1. It was unusual in that there were no battle scenes, just the faces of the people.

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  7. A wonderful old movie...it's been a long, long time since I've seen it.

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  8. British history and heroism fascinates me. I need to see this film again.

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    1. Another movie, That Battle of Britain, is an excellent movie showing such heroism.

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  9. I caught a few minutes of that not too long ago, on TCM. I would have finished watching, but I was on the way to town at the time. The part I saw was the death of the daughter-in-law in an air raid.

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  10. Been a while since I've seen this one, was good though from what I remember.

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  11. Thanks for the recommendation! I'm always on the lookout for WWII stories

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    1. This is such a touching view of how the British faced such destruction.

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  12. I have to admit, the only thing I knew about Mrs M was the comment Hawkeye made in MASH about Col. Potter "in this light" looking like Greer Garson in it.

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  13. Sounds like a very worthwhile film.
    Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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  14. Ok, you did bring a tear. Having 2 brothers and many cousins and uncles there the memories are dear to me. Thank you for reviving a spirit I remember growing up and reading of England. It is amazing they held their own against such a foe.
    I loved that rendition of Onward Christian Soldiers.
    Loved the entry, THANKS!
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Your personal connection to those people makes proud that our nations joined together to fight such evil.

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  15. They showed off Dunkirk well in Finest Hour.

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    1. This movie showed how Walter Pigeon's character was part of the Dunkirk evacuation, just with his fishing boat.

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  16. A great movie. I love Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon

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  17. Dear Susan, mom took me to see this movie when it first came out. I was a little girl but I knew what was happening. Since then, I've borrowed it from the library several times and watched it and always felt what Goebbels feared: The film united the United States with England and kept the British dedicated to saving civilization as they knew it. Thanks for reminding me of it. Peace.

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    1. Thanks, Dee! You have such a visceral connection with this excellent movie.

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  18. One of my ALL TIME favorite movies. Thanks for sharing it here so others can discover it!

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    1. This movie shows the courage of a nation to face down evil. It, too, is one of my all time favorites.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!