In 1942, MGM released Mrs. Miniver, starring Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon. The movie was a great boost to morale and helped strengthen America’s commitment to defeating the genocidal fascists of Germany and Japan. The film emphasizes chin-up devotion to duty: Mr. Miniver, an architect, sails to Dunkirk, Mrs. Miniver confronts a wounded German pilot, their son joins the RAF, and their lovely house is mercilessly bombed.
But the film does not shirk from the horrors of war, especially when Mrs. Miniver’s daughter-in-law, just back from her honeymoon, is killed in a strafing run.
The closing scene of the film is hugely effective and is especially relevant in light of the genocidal Islamist war against western civilization. [Read more…] about Friday Flickers: Mrs. Miniver