Miniver Story

The Miniver Story

Director: H.C. Potter

Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak

     
 

This sequel to the 1942 Oscar-winner Mrs.Miniver can be considered ill-advised, if only because the producers could never really hope to match the success of the original. Otherwise, The Miniver Story has its charms, not the least of which were the sterling performances of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Set just after VE Day, the film finds Mrs.…  See more details below

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This sequel to the 1942 Oscar-winner Mrs.Miniver can be considered ill-advised, if only because the producers could never really hope to match the success of the original. Otherwise, The Miniver Story has its charms, not the least of which were the sterling performances of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Set just after VE Day, the film finds Mrs. Miniver (Garson) reacting to the euphoria of her friends and family with a sense of quiet sadness. This is because she's just learned from her doctor that she hasn't much longer to live. With the same courage with which she met the deprivations of WW II, Mrs. Miniver resolves to put on a happy face and keep the news of her imminent demise a secret from her husband (Pigeon) and children. She even finds time to straighten out the tangled love life of her daughter Judy (Cathy O'Donnell). Henry Wilcoxon repeats his Mrs. Miniver role as the local vicar. Unlike its Hollywood-bound predecessor, The Miniver Story was lensed on location in England.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Possible The Miniver Story might seem a better film if it didn't have to bear the brunt of inevitable comparison to its predecessor, Mrs. Miniver -- but even it that case, it still wouldn't be a good film. Story is heavy-handed soap opera, whereas Mrs. was a drama with heart. The story in Story is one that has been told countless times before and since -- that of a martyr, often as in this case, a wife and/or mother, who puts the needs of her loved ones far, far in advance of her own. It's also that old chestnut about a person who is dying but who -- though she would never admit this -- doesn't trust her family enough to let them in on this devastating development which is going to drastically affect their lives. Beyond the plot, the screenplay is banal in character development and dialogue. Worse, it betrays the characters as portrayed in Mrs., making changes that are unacceptable. H.C. Potter's direction is serviceable, but what is needed is outstanding helming. Under the circumstances, the cast does as good a job as possible. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon have plenty of star quality and their chemistry is intact, but she is reduced to begging for tears and he to trying to burst through the wooden façade of his character. They are so talented that they overcome these obstacles, making Story watchable -- but not memorable.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2012
UPC:
0883316452288
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
21,715

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greer Garson Kay Miniver
Walter Pidgeon Clem Miniver
John Hodiak Spike Romway
Leo Genn Steve Brunswick
Cathy O'Donnell Judy Miniver
Peter Finch Polish officer
Henry Wilcoxon Vicar
Reginald Owen Mr. Foley
Anthony Bushell Dr. Kaneson
Cicely Paget-Bowman Mrs. Kanesley
Alison Leggatt Mrs. Foley
Paul Demel Jose Antonio Campos
William Fox Toby Miniver
Richard Gale Tom Foley
Eliot Makeham Mr. Farraday
Brian Roper Richard
Ann Wilton Jeanette
Sandra Dorne Girl in Tartan, VE Day pub (uncredited)

Technical Credits
H.C. Potter Director
Frank Clarke Editor
Sidney Franklin Producer
George Froeschel Screenwriter
Tom Howard Special Effects
Alfred Junge Art Director
Harold Kress Editor
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ronald Millar Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Miniver Story
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [10:00]
11. Chapter 11 [3:57]

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