Glorious 39

Synopsis: 1939 is set between present-day London and the idyllic British countryside in the time before the beginning of the Second World War. At a time of uncertainty and high tension, the story revolves around the formidable Keyes family, who are keen to uphold and preserve their very traditional way of life. The eldest sibling Anne is a budding young actress who is in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence, but her seemingly perfect life begins to dramatically unravel when she stumbles across secret recordings of the pro-appeasement movement. While trying to discover the origin of these recordings, dark secrets are revealed which lead to the death of a great friend. As war breaks out Anne discovers the truth and flees to London to try to confirm her suspicions, but she is caught and imprisoned and only then does she finally begin to discover how badly she has been betrayed.
Director(s): Stephen Poliakoff
Production: E1 Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

where it all started?

We have time to go, don't we, Anne?

Please? Say yes.

Yes. If we're quick.

Mr. Speaker!

Marvellous place to come

to rehearse one's speeches!

Point of order, Mr. Speaker!

The Honourable Member

must retract that immediately!

Both the 1st part

and the 3rd part.

So this is where it all comes from,

the stories we made up

about chubby men

doing heroic things!

They were all deeply flawed,

our knights,

overweight and lazy.

- We liked them like that.

- But they could be very brave

when we wanted them to be.

They slaughtered anyone

who dared attack them!

Your father made terrific speeches

in the House of Commons.

It's a pity he speaks

so less often now.

Well, his health

has always been delicate.

That's why he takes

more of a back seat now.

I've heard a lot about your papa.

Heard he's the most charming man

in England.

Which makes me rather nervous.

What if he doesn't like me?


Happy birthday.

My, my, my!

What a glorious homecoming!

Anne, you've surpassed yourself,

absolutely surpassed yourself!

You all have.

Henry, you've met, of course.

This is Joseph Balcombe,

a colleague of Henry's.

Joseph, these are my children.

It is a delight to find

it is your father's birthday.

- Happy birthday, Papa.

- Thank you.

- Your mother is still getting ready?

- Naturally.

- She did all the flowers, of course.

- Hector! Good to see you!

- Happy birthday.

-Thank you.

- And you must be Lawrence.

- I am.

It's a pleasure to meet you, sir.

And happy birthday.

Thank you. You certainly live up

to Anne's description of you.


There is no easy reply to that.

Did he say he is one of the cleverest

people in the Foreign Office

and I had better watch out?

Because that is the truth.

Why are you here

in these parts, Mr. Balcombe?

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Stephen Poliakoff

Stephen Poliakoff, CBE, FRSL (born 1 December 1952) is a British playwright, director and scriptwriter. more…

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