In Our Time (1944)

109 mins | Drama | 19 February 1944

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Producer:

Jerry Wald

Cinematographer:

Carl Guthrie

Editor:

Rudi Fehr

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Feb 1944
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Daily Variety
1 Feb 1944
p. 4
Film Daily
4 Feb 1944
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 1943
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 1944
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 1944
p. 14
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Feb 1944
pp. 1741-42
New York Times
12 Feb 1944
p. 11
Variety
2 Feb 1944
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
BRAND NAME
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
William Kissel
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Howard Koch
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Leon Raab
Orch arr
SOUND
Clare A. Riggs
Sd
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Unit mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 February 1944
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 11 Feb 1944
Production Date:
late May--late Aug 1943
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
19 February 1944
LP12497
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
109
Length(in feet):
9,926
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9522
SYNOPSIS

In March, 1939, Mrs. Bromley, an English decorator, and her assistant, Jennifer Whittredge, travel through Poland in search of antiques. When they reach Warsaw, Jenny is left on her own while Mrs. Bromley haggles with an antique dealer. Passing by the window of the store, Count Stephan Orvid mistakes Jenny for a clerk and asks to see a musical watch. Jenny explains that she is not a clerk, but is prevented from getting to know Stephan better by the return of Mrs. Bromley. Later that same night, Jenny and Mrs. Bromley run into Stephan at the opera, and Stephan invites Jenny to join him afterward for supper. Although Jenny gets very drunk at supper, Stephan realizes that she is not just a cheap pickup, and insists on showing her Warsaw the next day. After a week of sightseeing, Stephan asks Jenny to marry him and she accepts. Things do not go smoothly, however, when Stephan brings Jenny to meet his aristocratic family. Although Uncle Leopold believes that Jenny will bring new energy into the family, he is too concerned about the massing of German troops on the Czechoslovakian border to offer much support. Stephan's sister Janina looks down on Jenny, as does his mother Zofya. The head of the family, Stephan's uncle Pavel, a Nazi sympathizer, is opposed to the marriage, and presents an unpleasant picture of the consequences of the marriage on Stephan's career. Afterward, Jenny runs away, planning to return to England with Mrs. Bromley. Stephan finds Jenny at the station and convinces her to marry him and help him become independent. Together they mechanize the family's farming estate and ...

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In March, 1939, Mrs. Bromley, an English decorator, and her assistant, Jennifer Whittredge, travel through Poland in search of antiques. When they reach Warsaw, Jenny is left on her own while Mrs. Bromley haggles with an antique dealer. Passing by the window of the store, Count Stephan Orvid mistakes Jenny for a clerk and asks to see a musical watch. Jenny explains that she is not a clerk, but is prevented from getting to know Stephan better by the return of Mrs. Bromley. Later that same night, Jenny and Mrs. Bromley run into Stephan at the opera, and Stephan invites Jenny to join him afterward for supper. Although Jenny gets very drunk at supper, Stephan realizes that she is not just a cheap pickup, and insists on showing her Warsaw the next day. After a week of sightseeing, Stephan asks Jenny to marry him and she accepts. Things do not go smoothly, however, when Stephan brings Jenny to meet his aristocratic family. Although Uncle Leopold believes that Jenny will bring new energy into the family, he is too concerned about the massing of German troops on the Czechoslovakian border to offer much support. Stephan's sister Janina looks down on Jenny, as does his mother Zofya. The head of the family, Stephan's uncle Pavel, a Nazi sympathizer, is opposed to the marriage, and presents an unpleasant picture of the consequences of the marriage on Stephan's career. Afterward, Jenny runs away, planning to return to England with Mrs. Bromley. Stephan finds Jenny at the station and convinces her to marry him and help him become independent. Together they mechanize the family's farming estate and arrange to share the profits with the peasants. Later, during a harvest party, Pavel accuses Jenny of destroying the family's traditions and insists that as the head of the family, he be consulted before more changes are made. Before Stephan can respond, bombs are heard in the distance, and the family realizes that despite Poland's non-aggression treaty with Germany, Warsaw is being bombed. Stephan's cavalry regiment is then called up, and Jenny busies herself with the harvest. One night, Stephan returns home after his entire regiment is destroyed by German tanks. Then, over the radio, a call goes out for all citizens to defend Warsaw against the Germans. With the approval of the peasants, Stephan burns the harvest and the house so that the Germans will not be able to use them. Janina, Zofya and Pavel prepare to leave the country and beg Stephan and Jenny to accompany them. Stephan refuses, however. Twenty-eight days later, the city falls, and Stephan and Jenny join the flocks of refugees who are leaving the city to wait for the day that Poland is once again free.

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