Mrs Miniver review by W. H. Hackett
Gar- he O'Sul-livan, Nazi-occupied in F NEST WAR STORY IS WELL PLAYED Good Cast in Michigan Film Topped by Greer Garson And Walter Pidgeon "MBS. MINIVER" (At the Michiran) Mrs. Miniver Greer Garson Clem Miniver Walter Pidgeon Carol Beldon Teresa Wright Lsay Beldon Dame May Vt nitty Foley Reginald Owen Mr. Ballard Henry Travers Vin Miniver Richard Ney Viear Henry Wilcoxon Toby Miniver Christopher Severn Gladys tHoasemaid) Brenda Forbes Jody Miniver .Clare Bandars Ada Marie l)i Becker German flyer Helmut Dantine It's true what they're saying about Mrs. Miniver, as a packed opening house at the Michigan yesterday learned to its satisfaction.. All of the high praise this picture has been accorded proved to be amply justi fied. In fact, it is hard to find words that can anywhere near adequately express the profound impression it leaves In ones mind. Certainly It brings the war closer for millions of Americans who have been deluding deluding themselves that the great con flict is something far, far away which "cant happen here." It's theme is that this is a people's war, and as such, it must be fought In every city, every village and on every farm as well as m the lactones, the same as it is fought at the front lines. "Mrs. Miniver" tells the story of a delightful middle class English family who undergo the experience of having the horrors of war invade their peaceful countryside village. It has many dramatic, tense mo ments, but too there is a pleasant humor woven throughout Us scenes to nicely counterbalance the soul- soul- stirring ones. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, the memorable "Blossoms in the Dust" team, were a happy choice for the leads In this. Miss Garson is marvelous, as always, only even a bit more so as "Mrs. Miniver." As far as this reviewer is concerned. they might as well hand her the academy award for 1942 now. And Pidgeon fits so weir as the amusing, amusing, natural and so likable father of the family. Aside from the perfectly cast co- co- stars, there is an excellent support ing cast, including a couple of bright newcomers, charming Teresa Wright and Richard Ney, who have the romantic leads. The latter re minds one more than a little of James Stewart. Miss Wright plays the granddaughter of the aristo cratic Lady Beldon (splendidly por trayed by the 70-year-old 70-year-old 70-year-old 70-year-old 70-year-old veteran, Dame May Whltty), and young Ney ! the eldest son of the Minivers. Out standing, too, are the handling of roles by Henry Travers as Mr. Bal lard, the jovial old station agent unristopner severns fine work as the small son of the Minivers: Hen ry WUcoxson as the vicar and Hel mut Dantine as the German flyer wno teaches Mrs. Miniver that in this war there is no room for com passion. To enumerate the outstanding scenes would be a long task they are so plentiful. But there are some that are as unforgettable as any you ve ever seen or probably ever will see on film. There's the miracle of Dunkirk, showing a little Dub llcized ide of how the British were able to evacuate so many of their apparently doomed thousands and thousands or troops. You will thrill at the armada of tiny yachts, launches and riverboats of every kind, steaming out across the 40 miles of choppy channel, manned by civilians who know no turning back. There is the breathlesslv excitinz scene in which Mrs. Miniver discovers discovers a wounded Nazi flyer in her gar den. Youii live through the horrors horrors of an air raid with the Minivers Minivers and their tiny son and daughter, daughter, in their small backyard shelter. shelter. Youll realize perhaps for the first time, what people have actually actually been going through for three years how thankful you shoud be such horrors haven't come to Amer ica yet. "Mrs. Miniver" Is one of the fin est pictures of this or any other year. And for those rare Americans whom you occasionally meet who boast of seeing only one picture a year, or even less, this is the one for them. too. You can afford to skip the others, but not "Mrs. Miniver." Miniver." W. H. HACKETT.