The White Cliffs of Dover

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Susan (Irene Dunne) travels with her father (Frank Morgan) to England for a vacation. Invited to a society ball, Susan meets Sir John Ashwood (Alan Marshal) and marries him after a whirlwind romance. However, American Susan never quite adjusts to life as a new member of the British gentry. Upon the outbreak of World War I, Ashwood is sent to the trenches and never returns. When her son (Peter Lawford) goes off to fight in World War II, Susan fears the same tragic fate may befall him too.

Cast

Irene Dunne
as Susan Ashwood
Alan Marshal
as Sir John Ashwood
Frank Morgan
as Hiram Porter Dunn
Roddy McDowall
as John Ashwood II as a Boy
Peter Lawford
as John Ashwood II at age 24
Gladys Cooper
as Lady Jean Ashwood
Van Johnson
as Sam Bennett
Jill Esmond
as Rosamund
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Bland
Elizabeth Taylor
as Betsy, at Age 10
June Lockhart
as Betsy, at Age 18
Charles Irwin
as Farmer Kenney
Jean Prescott
as Mrs. Kenney
Tom Drake
as American Soldier
Isobel Elsom
as Mrs. Bancroft
Edmund Breon
as Major Bancroft
Miles Mander
as Major Loring
Ann Curzon
as Miss Lambert
Lumsden Hare
as The Vicar
Emily Fitzroy
as Spinster in Boarding House
Emily Massey
as Elegant Lady in Boarding House
Guy D'Ennery
as Curate in Boarding House
Lal Chand Mehra
as Indian Student in Boarding House
Clifford Brooke
as Indian Major in Boarding House
Ethel Griffies
as Woman on Train
Elton Burkett
as Twins in Boarding House
Eldon Burkett
as Twins in Boarding House
Ian Wolfe
as Skipper
Alec Craig
as Billings
Clyde Cook
as Jennings
Bunny Gordon
as John, at 6 Months
Leo Mostovoy
as Bandmaster
Gavin Muir
as Capt. Griffiths
Charles Coleman
as Capt. Davis
Kay Deslys
as Blonde
Vera Graaf
as Duchess
Wilson Benge
as Chauffeur
Harry Allen
as English Cabby
Nelson Leigh
as British Naval Officer
Mabel Row
as Housemaid
James Menzies
as Telegraph Boy
George Kirby
as Old Man
Matthew Boulton
as Immigration Officer
Doris Lloyd
as Plump Lady at Boarding House
Keith Hitchcock
as Duke of Waverly
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Critic Reviews for The White Cliffs of Dover

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  • It may well give genuine admirers of good cinema and credible Englishmen the jimjams.

    March 23, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • Dunne gives an excellent performance, as does Alan Marshal, playing her husband, while Roddy McDowall stands out sharply as their son.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • A Cinderella story in sweet disguise.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Full of emotion and poetry. [Full review in Spanish]

    September 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Alice Duer Miller's poem was the inspiration for this sentimental look at the ravages of war and at the courage of one woman who lost both her husband and son in the two world wars that dominated this century.

    March 23, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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