) is a American drama film
directed by James Whale
. The screenplay by Benn Levy
and Tom Reed is based on the 1930 play of the same title
by Robert E. Sherwood
The film was remade twice, under its original title
in 1940 and as Gaby
in 1956. Both remakes were made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
, which bought the 1931 version from Universal. Today, the rights to all three films are held by Warner Bros.
and their subsidiary Turner Entertainment
Unable to find work in London
at the height of World War I
, American chorus girl Myra Deauville resorts to prostitution
to support herself. She meets her clients on Waterloo Bridge
, the primary entry point into the city for soldiers on leave
. During an air raid
, she meets fellow American Roy Cronin, a member of the Canadian Army
, and he joins Myra in her apartment.
Describing herself simply as an unemployed chorus girl, Myra gains Roy's sympathy, and he offers to pay her overdue rent. After he departs, Myra returns to the streets. The following morning, Roy returns to visit her, and landlady Mrs. Hobley lets him into her apartment. There he meets Myra's friend and neighbor Kitty, who tells him Myra needs someone to love and protect her. Myra later berates Kitty for interfering and rejects her advice to marry Roy to ensure a better future for herself.
Roy brings Myra to visit his mother Mary and sister Janet in their rural home, where he proposes to Myra, who later that night tells Mary the truth about herself. Mary is... Read More