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The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)

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126 min | Drama, Romance, War

London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at a hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of wounded soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles his father both in appearance and temperament, is ...See moreLondon based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at a hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of wounded soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles his father both in appearance and temperament, is not among those wounded. As she waits, she remembers back to WWI when her husband, the former Sir John Ashwood, was enlisted, and the waiting she endured on any news from and about him while he was away in battle. From a humble background, Sue almost didn't meet Sir John, let alone marry him, as she and her father, Hiram Dunn, the publisher of a small daily newspaper, were only in London in April 1914 on a two week vacation - her first ever trip - that was not going very well when by happenstance she got invited on her last day in London to the king's ball, where Sir John was awaiting the arrival of another young woman with whom he was supposed to keep company for the evening. Despite being mutually attracted to each other, the patriotic Sue didn't know whether she could leave the United States and get accustomed both to John's family's aristocratic manners, as well as the English customs in general. She also thinks back to approximately ten years earlier when she was urged by her father to return to the States on the inevitability that the Germans would once again be the aggressors in a war. Through it all, Sue is a proud American, despite having lived the better part of her adult life in England. Written by Huggo See less
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Writers
Alice Duer Miller (poem "The White Cliffs") | Claudine West (screenplay) | Jan Lustig (screenplay) | George Froeschel (screenplay) | Robert Nathan (additional poetry)
Cinematographer
George J. Folsey (as George Folsey)
Editor
Robert Kern (as Robert J. Kern)
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Updated May 11, 1944

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Jun 1944 (United States)

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72 cast members
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Irene Dunne
Susan Ashwood Susan Ashwood   See fewer
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Alan Marshal
Sir John Ashwood Sir John Ashwood   See fewer
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Roddy McDowall
John Ashwood II as a Boy John Ashwood II as a Boy   See fewer
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Frank Morgan
Hiram Porter Dunn Hiram Porter Dunn   See fewer
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Van Johnson
Sam Bennett Sam Bennett   See fewer
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C. Aubrey Smith
Colonel Walter Forsythe Colonel Walter Forsythe   See fewer
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May Whitty
Nanny (as Dame May Whitty) Nanny (as Dame May Whitty)   See fewer
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Gladys Cooper
Lady Jean Ashwood Lady Jean Ashwood   See fewer
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Peter Lawford
John Ashwood II as a Young Man John Ashwood II as a Young Man   See fewer
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John Warburton
Reggie Ashwood Reggie Ashwood   See fewer
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Jill Esmond
Rosamund Rosamund   See fewer
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Brenda Forbes
Gwennie Gwennie   See fewer
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Norma Varden
Mrs. Bland Mrs. Bland   See fewer
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Harry Allen
English Cabbie (uncredited) English Cabbie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wilson Benge
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Matthew Boulton
Immigration Officer (uncredited) Immigration Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Breon
Major Rupert Bancroft (uncredited) Major Rupert Bancroft (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jennings (uncredited) Jennings (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billings (uncredited) Billings (uncredited)   See fewer
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Miss Lambert (uncredited) Miss Lambert (uncredited)   See fewer
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Boots (uncredited) Boots (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vernon Downing
Lieutenant Davis Herrick (uncredited) Lieutenant Davis Herrick (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dying American Soldier (uncredited) Dying American Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mrs. Bancroft (uncredited) Mrs. Bancroft (uncredited)   See fewer
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Footman (uncredited) Footman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bunny Gordon
John Ashford II at 6 Months Old (uncredited) John Ashford II at 6 Months Old (uncredited)   See fewer
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Captain Portage (uncredited) Captain Portage (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vera Graaff
Duchess of Waverly (uncredited) Duchess of Waverly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ethel Griffies
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Gerald Hamer
Private (uncredited) Private (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joy Harington
Nurse Margaret (uncredited) Nurse Margaret (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Harris
Ball Guest (uncredited) Ball Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Keith Hitchcock
Duke of Waverly (uncredited) Duke of Waverly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Farmer Ben Kenney (uncredited) Farmer Ben Kenney (uncredited)   See fewer
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Old Man (uncredited) Old Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Molly Lamont
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Martin (uncredited) Martin (uncredited)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 1,313 votes