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Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | January 1946 (USA)
An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Gwen Bristow (by), Lenore J. Coffee (screen play) (as Lenore Coffee)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Elizabeth Hamilton
Orson Welles ... John Andrew MacDonald / Erik Kessler
George Brent ... Lawrence Hamilton
Lucile Watson ... Aunt Jessica Hamilton (as Lucille Watson)
Richard Long ... Drew Hamilton
Natalie Wood ... Margaret Ludwig
John Wengraf ... Dr. Ludwig
Sonny Howe ... Brian Hamilton
Ian Wolfe ... Norton
Joyce Mackenzie ... Cherry Davis (as Joyce MacKenzie)
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Storyline

Elizabeth and John say goodbye as John leaves to go to war. When World War I ends, Elizabeth receives a telegram that John has been killed in action. She finds comfort in Larry and they marry. John returns 20 years later, disfigured, with a new identity, Erik, and an adopted daughter, Margaret. John/Erik and Elizabeth accidentally meet and he learns that he has a son, Drew. John must then decide whether or not to reveal his true identity. Written by Kelly

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Taglines:

THE VIBRANT, PULSING STORY OF A WOMAN ESCAPING HER PAST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 13, 1950 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

Lucile Watson's name is misspelled "Lucille" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

John Andrew MacDonald: Would you take away the father he has, only to tell him his real father is dead, and leave him with no father at all?
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Das Lied der Deutschen
(1797) (uncredited)
aka "Deutschland über Alles"
Music by Joseph Haydn
Played at the beginning of the German hospital scene
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Watching Greatness
28 April 2008 | by u4775See all my reviews

I tried to see this film before because I remember the very beginning, but I guess I was interrupted. This time I saw it through and realized I was watching greatness. This film has outstanding dialog and a very nuanced script. Oh if people today could only write like that....it is no wonder I watch old movies. This film is a clinic on dialog.

The acting was great across the board but the direction, story, script and casting were especially good. It was a tightly woven story and an unusual one at that.

Wells put in his best performance. Could it have been better, maybe but the way he delivered those heart rending lines...........well maybe it couldn't have been much better. His deep rich voice together with the tenderness, wisdom, and compassion. Well it doesn't get much better. People who didn't appreciate that have not actually experienced life yet. Do not miss this when it comes around again, I know I won't.

How good was it? Well this is the first time I felt compelled to comment on any films here.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomorrow Is Forever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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