Played against the drab, bomb-shattered background of a London slum, story is the familiar triangle theme with use of the flashback technique not adding to its originality. But it's acted with such sincerity and is so true-to-life in its characterization that the picture grips throughout. There is a terrific climax in which the two men (John Mills and Stewart Granger) fight for one woman as the bombs thunder down.

Played against the drab, bomb-shattered background of a London slum, story is the familiar triangle theme with use of the flashback technique not adding to its originality. But it’s acted with such sincerity and is so true-to-life in its characterization that the picture grips throughout. There is a terrific climax in which the two men (John Mills and Stewart Granger) fight for one woman as the bombs thunder down.

A soldier deserts when he learns his wife is receiving attentions from another man. Story depicts his day spent in pursuit of the pair, finally confronting them in a sports arcade.

Entire cast is adequate, but particular praise goes to Alastair Sim as the neighborhood doctor and George Carney’s role of pigeon fancier.

Picture [from a story by Val Valentine] is a striking example of how sound an English production can be if it keeps to the medium it interprets best, that of the middle-class character.

Waterloo Road

UK

Production

Gainsborough. Director Sidney Gilliat; Producer Edward Black; Screenplay Sidney Gilliat; Camera Arthur Crabtree; Editor Alfred Roome; Music Bob Busby; Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

John Mills Stewart Granger Alastair Sim Joy Shelton Beatrice Varley George Carney
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