In Our Time (1944 film)

In Our Time is a 1944 romantic drama film set in the days leading up to World War II. It stars Ida Lupino and Paul Henreid.

In Our Time
Directed byVincent Sherman
Produced byJerry Wald
Screenplay byElias St. Joseph
Howard Koch
StarringIda Lupino
Paul Henreid
Music byFranz Waxman
CinematographyCarl E. Guthrie
Edited byRudi Fehr
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 19, 1944 (1944-02-19)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States


In March 1939, English antiques dealer Mrs. Bromley (Mary Boland) and her assistant Jennifer "Jenny" Whittredge (Ida Lupino) travel through Poland making purchases. In Warsaw, Jenny meets Count Stefan Orwid (Paul Henreid) and, after a whirlwind courtship, he asks her to marry him.

However, Stefan's aristocratic family is less than welcoming to the English commoner, particularly his sister Janina (Nancy Coleman) and his wealthy, diplomat uncle Count Pawel Orwid (Victor Francen). His mother Zofyia (Alla Nazimova) merely wants to keep peace in the family. Only his other uncle, ineffectual Leopold Baruta (Michael Chekhov), welcomes her. Nonetheless, the wedding takes place.

Afterwards, Jenny encourages Stefan to break his family's dependence on Count Pawel's financial aid by persuading his peasant tenants to adopt more modern and efficient farming methods. It works; the harvest is bountiful, and Stefan accepts Jenny's suggestion that they invite the workers to a celebration party in his mansion. Count Pawel makes a surprise visit to express his strong disapproval of Jenny's democratic ideas. However, they are interrupted by the bombing of nearby Warsaw. War has broken out, despite Count Pawel's desperate attempts to placate Nazi Germany.

Stefan joins his cavalry regiment, leaving Jenny to supervise the rest of the harvest. Days go by with conflicting radio reports. Finally, a dazed, wounded Stefan returns to the estate. His regiment was wiped out after charging German tanks. He gathers the peasants and asks them to burn the crop and anything else that could be of use to the invaders. They patriotically agree. Count Pawel shows up to take the family out of the country to Romania. Stefan, Jenny, and Leopold remain behind to fight.


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