War Against Mrs. Hadley, The (1942)

MGM
 
Released in the midst of WWII, "The War Against Mrs.Hadley," directed by Harold S. Bucquet, deals with the adjustments that needed (and expected) to be made by the civilian home front to the new crisis situation. 
 
Penned by George Oppenheimer, the story centers on a Washington, D.C. society matron (played by Oscar-winner Fay Bainter), who tries to keep her secure and placid life from being disrupted by the demands placed upon it by the national war effort. 
 
The filmmakers draw a sympathetic and compelling portrait of an overprotected American woman who thought she could avoid the realities of everyone else’s lives, keeping the dark shadow of the world conflict out of her life. 
 
In the end, Mrs. Hadley, with a little help from her son (Richard Ney), her daughter (Jean Rogers), and her friends, comes to realize the error of her ways, recognizing that the survival of her own way of life cannot be separated from the defense of the U.S. and its democratic system.
 
Ideologically speaking, per head producer Dore Schary, this agit-prop film was meant to "hit right at the isolationist group," and it did, as a year after the U.S. had joined the War, there were still factions that doubted that decision.
 
This is one of the few films in which Fay Bainter, better known for character roles, in such films as "Jezebel," played the lead.
 
Cast:
 
Edward Arnold
Fay Bainter
Richard Ney
Jean Rogers
Sara Allgood
Spring Byington
Van Johnson
Isobel Elsom
Frances Rafferty
Dorothy Morris
Halliwell Hobbes
Connie Gilchrist
Horace McNally
Miles Mander
“Rags” Ragland
Mark Daniels
Carl Switzer
 
Credits:
 
Produced by Irving Asher.
Directed by Harold S. Bucquet.
Screenplay by George Oppenheimer.
 
Release date: November 25, 1942