Journey for Margaret (1942)

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1940. For the better part of the war thus far, New York news correspondent John Davis and his wife Nora Davis have been in the hot spots of western Europe, including Rotterdam and much of ... See full summary »


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  • Robert Young and Laraine Day in Journey for Margaret (1942)
  • Robert Young and Elisabeth Risdon in Journey for Margaret (1942)
  • Margaret O'Brien and William Severn in Journey for Margaret (1942)
  • Robert Young and Laraine Day in Journey for Margaret (1942)
  • Robert Young and Margaret O'Brien in Journey for Margaret (1942)
  • Robert Young, Fay Bainter, Laraine Day, Margaret O'Brien, and William Severn in Journey for Margaret (1942)

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15 January 2010 | bkoganbing
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| Drawing Tears From The Hard Of Heart
Margaret O'Brien did her first starring role in this film after only a bit part in Babes On Broadway. In fact in Journey For Margaret her troubles during wartime are the whole basis for the film.

She's not alone in her troubles, World War II left a lot of British and other children orphans. Newspaper correspondent Robert Young rescues young Margaret from a bombed out building during the London blitz. But unfortunately the experience leaves her an orphan.

A short time later Young is sent up north to a residence for war orphans and wouldn't you know it he meets up with Margaret along with the woman who runs the home, Fay Bainter. Of course a bond develops between Young and O'Brien.

Young's grieving as well, he and wife Laraine Day lost their unborn child during a bombing attack. Day's also suffered some post traumatic stress as a result and is in real danger of going off the deep end permanently. And still another orphan William Severn also manages to charm Young as well.

If this isn't enough plot ingredients for a real ten towel weeper than you have the soul of Medusa. There was tragedy behind the camera as well because director Woody Van Dyke was dying of cancer as he made this film. He would take his own life after completing Journey For Margaret.

Any committed film-goer knows exactly where this plot is headed. But the players are all capable enough and Journey For Margaret will still draw some tears from the most hard hearted of audiences.

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