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Waterloo Bridge (1940)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

In director Mervyn Leroy's melodramatic romance:

  • the romantic sequence of WWI Capt. Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor) and ballet dancer Myra Lester (Vivien Leigh) waltzing in candlelight in the Candlelight Club to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" as groups of musicians extinguished their lights - and their first kiss
  • their lengthy parting scene in which he asked: "Please leave me first..." when he went off to war
  • the difficult lunch scene in which Myra met Roy's rich, socially-conscious mother Lady Margaret Cronin (Lucile Watson) just after reading Roy's name on a casualty list
  • the scene of guilt-ridden Myra (now as a penniless prostitute) having an unexpected reunion at the train station with the returning Captain
  • their parting scene for the last time after she had confessed her profession to his mother
  • the sequence in which Myra's roommate/best friend Kitty (Virginia Field) revealed the truth of Myra's nightlife to Roy by taking him through one seedy bar after another
  • the scene of Myra's tragic end as she walked into oncoming traffic on the bridge
  • Roy's flashback memory years later on the bridge of her words in the film's final melodramatic moments: ("I loved you...I've never loved anyone else...I never shall") - as the sound of "Auld Lang Syne" rose and he fingered her good-luck charm


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