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Waterloo Bridge (1931)





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Mae Clarke had the best role of her career as the heroine of Waterloo Bridge, the first of three filmizations of Robert L. Sherwood's play. Douglass Montgomery (here credited as Kent Douglass) plays a young American soldier who, while on leave from World War I, meets Myra (Clarke) during an air raid in London and falls in love with her, unaware she is a prostitute. Directed with a delicate mixture of realism and impressionism by James Whale, the 1931 Waterloo Bridge is head and shoulders above its heavily laundered 1940 remake -- which in turn is vastly superior to the 1956 re-remake, Gaby.


Frederick Kerr
as Major Wetherby
Enid Bennett
as Mrs. Wetherby
Bette Davis
as Janet Cronin
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. Hoble
Rita Carlisle
as Old Woman
Billy Bevan
as Soldier on the Make
Ruth Handforth
as Augusta, the Maid
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Critic Reviews for Waterloo Bridge

All Critics (3)

Features Mae Clarke in a truly great, heartbreaking, sympathetic performance for the ages.

September 11, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Not the greatest film of the era ... contains a great deal of historical interest for film buffs

March 3, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Clarke's memorable performance leaves us touched by her courage, pride and vulnerability.

February 7, 2007 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Waterloo Bridge


This is one of those annoying romantic dramas where they go back and forth trying to figure out if they can make their relationship work, and it gets annoying. Plus the ending is sad and kind of made me mad about watching the movie. The movie wasn't that bad, though, the story was realistic and the actors were pretty good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


"Waterloo Bridge" is a tepid soap opera about Myra(Mae Clarke), a dancer who has fallen on tough times. It has been two years since she was in a show, three weeks since she paid her rent and she has turned to prostitution to make ends meet in World War I London. During one trip to solicit clientele, she helps an old woman(Rita Carlisle) retrieve her dropped potatoes during an air raid. They in turn are helped by Ray Cronin(Kent Douglass), a fellow American and a soldier on leave. Basically, the substance of the movie revolves around Myra wondering if she is good enough for him whereas the question should be if he actually loves her or is he just nice? Anyway, this sort of thing gets old quickly and there is little else to keep the viewer interested except for the sight of a pre-stardom Bette Davis.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


this love story between a soldier and a prostitute was unseen for many years and it's not half as sappy as the vivien leigh remake. mae clarke is very affecting. also a small role for then unknown bette davis

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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