A few months ago, PBS aired Mrs. Miniver (1942). What an amazing movie. Based on the column of Jan Struthe, with the pen name of Mrs. Miniver who wrote about "an ordinary sort of woman who leads an ordinary sort of life." Miniver's column changed as the war began, reflecting the struggles of an average British family. Fans of her column admired her personality and her charm is credited with hastening America's entry into the war. Winston Churchill said that Mrs. Miniver had done more for the Allies than a flotilla of battleships.
I found this movie very touching and I was at the edge of my seat at times. I found the scene in the Anderson shelter especially heart wrenching. I highly recommend anyone interested in WWII or the 40s to watch this film. You can read more about Jan Struthe here; the very end of this page has a list of Mrs. Miniver's columns, if you are interesting in reading them.
The movie won six Oscars, one being best actress for Greer Garson. She reportedly made the longest Oscar speech in history - five minutes long. While this seems extremely long now, speeches were much longer when the Oscar's were not televised. Still, five minutes is long and people did joke about it in the magazines. The caption for this image taken her speech joked that she dictated the entire thing while standing on one leg! Very silly.
Here are some scenes from the film...(click to view larger)
I grabbed this screen shot because I love this scene. I also love her dress (especially the pocket detail) and his monogrammed pjs.
I hope you all have a chance to watch this movie!