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

Come on, Glorious!

- How does Wilfred fit into it?

- He always wins.

He will never beat Wilfred!

Wilfred the Great!

Princess Celia! Fat Men dancing!

Thin Men dancing!

That is what we call them

because that is what they do!

En garde! Voil!

Victory for me!

Victory, victory, victory!

Come on, Glorious.

- Yes?

- Hi. It's Michael. Michael Walton.

- Is Mr. Page there?

- Which one do you want?

Both, if possible.

Come up, Michael.

Come in.

I am Walter, this is Oliver.

And you are our cousin Michael.

Yes...that's me.

I believe we met once

when you were 6 months old.

I am sure he remembers it vividly!

Have some cake.

Delicious cake.

Is that the 2 of you?

It is indeed. As I am sure

you've guessed, I am the baby.

You do have a lot of radios.

They're from our childhood.

Would you like to hear one?

It'll take a moment to warm up.

What do you want to ask

both of us, Michael?

Right, yes...

I've just got one question, really.

I'm interested in history.

Family history.

And you're the only ones left

from that time.


- My grandmother.

- Yes, Celia. Of course.

I just wondered...

What happened to her sister, Anne?

She was an actress.

She was indeed.

She made some films.

She played the best friend

or the school teacher.

That's her, up there.

Anne was the oldest.

She was adopted, of course.

As frequently happens,

they were desperate for children.

But they didn't think

they could have any,

and so they adopted one.

And then, lo and behold,

along came the babies anyway.

They were all very close.

You didn't think it would work.

Let's see if we can find

something more appropriate.

What happened to her?

Tell me.

It's not always a good place

to go, Michael - the past.

This is a little bit better.

Let's see if we can get

a clearer signal.

It had been a fantastic summer,

that summer of '39.

The most glorious summer

most people could remember

for a very long time.

The year before, it had seemed

war with Germany had been averted,

the policy of appeasing Hitler,

of reasoning with him,

really had worked.

And even now it seemed

it might still work.

Your grandmother,

and Anne and Ralph,

had grown up

in a most beautiful house

with an even more beautiful garden.

It was a very exciting time.

Ralph was doing well

at the Foreign Office,

Anne had a part she was

pleased about in a new movie.

It was your

great-grandfather's birthday,

and they had prepared

the most wonderful table for him,

or rather Anne had,

because she was in charge

of most things.

The Fat Men on the march. It's one

of your very best tables, Anne.

I like your friend.

The other one's a little dotty.

Maybe a little,

but he can be great fun.

Anne, he is beautiful.

Why all the knights?

What are they up to?

It''s something

we started as children.

Perhaps I'll get to take

one of these home.

They're absolutely everywhere!

Do you want to see?

It's all her fault!

Anne started it,

and then we all did them.

We call them

"Fat Men dancing".

This reminds me of someone

I used to work with.

And now there's no escaping them!

That's George.

His sister, Sonia,

disappeared a few days ago,

so he's a little upset.

Were you allowed to put them

everywhere you wanted?

Almost everywhere!

We were not allowed in those.

This is the shell line.

We were not allowed to cross it.

Those buildings were stuffed with

Papa's papers he used for his books.

- I bet you did cross it, though.

- No, never needed to.

We never have.

Even now, none of us.

There were so many

other places to play.

Do you want to see

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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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