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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from 736 votes
||Release: 19 September 1940 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, History, War
||Director: Frank Lloyd,
||Stars: Alan Marshal, Anne Revere, Cary Grant, Cedric Hardwicke, Elisabeth Risdon, George Houston, Irving Bacon, Libby Taylor, Martha Scott, Paul Kelly, Phil Taylor, Richard Carlson, Richard Gaines, Rita Quigley, Tom Drake
||Synopsis: Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbrining when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard. Matt joins the Colonial forces in their fight for freedom against England. Matt will meet Jane's father in the battlefield. Written by Anonymous
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Movies about the American Revolution for some reason have never
succeeded as well as those about the Civil War. My guess is that the
best of them is Drums Along the Mohawk and that was about one of the
more obscure theaters of that war.
Like Gone With the Wind, the Howards of Virginia is taken from a rather
sprawling novel. But Gone With the Wind was very faithful to the
original and managed to hold interest even given its length. The
Howards of Virginia is a condensed version of the novel and some of the
characterization has been sacrificed in the screen translation.
Nevertheless it's a good story about a fictional Matt Howard from his
days as a youth hearing the news about his father's death with
Braddock's army in the French and Indian War to just before the Siege
at Yorktown. Of course growing up with Thomas Jefferson, it's not
surprising that Howard develops the opinions he does.
Cary Grant is cast against type as Matt Howard. Takes a bit of getting
used to in buckskins, but I like his characterization. In point of fact
if you want to see the real Cary Grant on screen look at None, But the
Lone Heart, Gunga Din, or Sylvia Scarlett. That's where you see the
real Archie Leach. Cary Grant was the best role Cary Grant ever played.
If The Howards of Virginia were made 10 years later, Burt Lancaster
would have been spot-on in terms of casting.
Martha Scott is fine as the Tory girl that Cary Grant woos and wins.
It's quite a culture shock for her coming to the mostly unsettled
Shenandoah valley among Grant's frontier friends and neighbors, but her
best scenes in the film are at that point.
Of course I think both Grant and Scott are acted off the screen when
Cedric Hardwicke is on. As Scott's older brother Fleetwood Payton,
Hardwicke is easily the best in the film. He's a privileged Virginia
aristocrat and loyalist supporter of the crown. He's an aristocratic
snob to be sure, but he's also a tender and loving brother to Martha
Scott. Hardwicke managed to capture all the elements in Fleetwood
Payton well as well as his losing his mind as his well ordered
aristocratic world tumbles down about him.
Richard Carlson is very much what I picture as the young Thomas
Jefferson, full of new ideas and quite the rebel against his own class.
Of course Patrick Henry and George Washington make their appearances as
well in colonial Virginia. My guess is that in the book a whole lot of
familiar names made it there, but were not in the screenplay.
This is not the American Revolution's Gone With the Wind, but taken on
its own terms The Howards of Virginia is good entertainment and does
capture some of the motivating spirit behind the Virginia patriots and
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, Anne Revere
, Cary Grant
, Cedric Hardwicke
, Elisabeth Risdon
, George Houston
, Irving Bacon
, Libby Taylor
, Martha Scott
, Paul Kelly
, Phil Taylor
, Richard Carlson
, Richard Gaines
, Rita Quigley
, Tom Drake
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