In Our Time

Synopsis: It is early 1939 in Poland when Mrs. Bromley and Jennifer come to buy antiques for her business in London. Jennifer meets Count Stephen and they wine, dine and see the sights though out the city. He wishes to marry, but his family is against plain Jennifer. When she tries to leave, he catches her at the train station and they are married. To be self sufficient, they modernize the family farm with tractors and increase production, but then Germany starts the war.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Vincent Sherman
Production: Warner Bros.
110 min

it wasn't

so long ago--

March 1939.

Poland had always seemed

a faraway country.

Yet, as the train ran across

her picturesque countryside,

I thought of

England-- My home.

We were worried about war,

But they told us there would

be peace in our time.

Little did we know how soon

that peace would end

And how important Poland

was to become

In our time.

"In the 16th century,

Poland was a vast empire

"Extending from the

baltic sea to the crimea.

"In fact, one of the

great forces in polish life

"Is their memory

of a glorious past.

"For centuries, they successfully

fought with the germans

"And won a high

reputation as fighters

Among the peoples of middle Europe."

Oh, ducky, I don't care whether

the poles are good fighters or not.

At my age, I don't care

what they're good at.

I simply want to know that I'm not being

cheated when I'm buying their antiques.

But we should know

something of the history

Of the country,

don't you think?

Oh, I suppose so.

Go on.

Yes, Mrs. Bromley.

Oh, caramel.

Bad for the bridgework.

Here. Your teeth are

good, ducky.

No, thank you.


"But its grandeur

rapidly decayed.

"Its undoing was its proud

and extravagant aristocracy.

"Their quarrels wiped

Poland from the map in 1795,

"At which time

it was partitioned

Among Germany, austria, and russia."

Ah! Marshmallow.

Hmm. I'm listening.

Its undoing was

its aristocracy.

It was almost mine, too.

First deal I ever made

in the antique business

Was when I married

Noel Bromley.

He fell for another woman and I turned

him over at a profit. Heh heh heh!

"Not till 1919,

"At the treaty

of Versailles,

Was Poland's national

independence restored."

Oh, ducky, it's coming

out of my ears.

Read it yourself.

You're good at figures.

Means nothing to me unless

they're in pound sterling.

Well, time for

a little shuteye.

Ring for

the porter, ducky.

Yes, Mrs. Bromley.

[Train whistle blows]

[Steam hissing]

[Brakes screeching]

What's this?

Why did you stop it?



I thought this was an

express. Why are we stopping?

I am sorry, madame.

Official orders.

We are waiting for

a very important party.

Well, I have an appointment in Warsaw

At 10:
30 tomorrow morning,

And that's

important, too.

How long are we going to be here?

I don't know.

I hope not for long.

Well, I don't call it

very diplomatic

To hold up

two british subjects.

This train may not be

limited, but my time is.

[Vehicle approaching]

[Brakes screech]

They've been

on a boar hunt.



Aren't they

terribly dangerous?

It is not the boars

Poland fears, madame.

It is the hunters.

[Men talking all at once]

Well, gentlemen...

I am sorry my train

leaves before yours,

But I don't think

you have long to wait.

Only a few minutes. The express

for berlin is due at 10:15.

Thank you, Count. You have

been a very excellent host.

Yes, indeed.

I only regret marshal

goering is not with us.

So do I.

tell him

we missed him.

I hope he will be with us

on the next hunt.

you will

be welcome.

And don't forget

to tell his excellency

That Poland is ready

to cooperate at any plans...

For peace.

[Men talking all at once]


It has been a pleasure.

good-Bye, Count.

Good-Bye. Good-Bye.


All aboard!

All aboard!

A rare piece for your

aristocratic english customers--

A polish antique

of the 16th century.

It belonged to

the...of poznan--

A governor, that is.

Such golden horseshoes

he purposely fixed loose

So they should fall off,

and the lucky finder

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