The Miniver Story catches up with the Miniver family after World War II. Mrs. Miniver was reliant on the war since it was released at the height of it. The Best Picture winning film had a hopeful ending, but I’m not sure anyone was expecting a sequel. The Miniver Story is mostly forgotten since it didn’t receive any Oscar attention. Despite the fact that Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon put forth the same effort 8 years later.
The Miniver Story is narrated by Mr. Miniver starting with VE Day. Without WWII, the drama comes from Mrs. Miniver being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Kay avoids telling her loving husband Clem, daughter Judy, or son Toby. Her oldest son Vin is nowhere to be seen since Garson married and divorced her on screen son between movies. Kay also keeps an emotional affair she had during the war a secret while enjoying the few days she has left.
Clem is more or less eager to get away from England. Toby is still a chatterbox played by a very young James Fox. Judy is all grown up played by Cathy O’Donnell in a similar role to the one she had in The Best Years of Our Lives. The good natured Tom Foley loves her, but she’s blindly infatuated with the much older and very arrogant Steve Brunswick. It’s like a soap opera, but the emotional payoff is good. The Miniver Story is a serviceable way to revisit a family affected by war.
Preceded by: Mrs. Miniver