Mrs. Miniver is truly one of the top two WWII era films concerning the war in Europe. Fabulous performances rewarded with Academy awards, and huge box office recipts for the studio. It was a message film to America.
Several of you commented to me afterwards about a few things that you noticed in the film. For example, Clem Miniver’s pipe. I did not catch that. Glad you pointed that out to me. Hope you will post your observations here.
Two little things caught my eye. I thought that it was interesting that they did not make the German pilot that Mrs. Miniver captured a stereotypical blonde. Also, in the excellent bomb shelter scene, I noticed that Napoleon the cat did not react to the sounds of the bombing. Normally, animals react to sound, but Napoleon continued his grooming until things started to fall. Was Napoleon hard of hearing? Probably not. The sounds of war were dubbed in post-production which makes Greer Garson’s Walter Pidgeon’s performances that much more compelling.
What did you notice? Do you think Mrs. Miniver succeeded as a "message film."