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Forever and a Day (1943)

Approved | | Drama, History | 21 January 1943 (USA)
During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kirby George Kirby ... Wartime Newspaper Vendor
Doreen Munroe Doreen Munroe ... Wartime Londoner (as Doreen Monroe)
May Beatty ... Wartime Londoner Cook
Connie Leon Connie Leon ... Wartime Londoner
Joy Harington Joy Harington ... Wartime Bus Conductor (as Joy Harrington)
Kent Smith ... Gates Trimble Pomfret
Ernest Grooney Ernest Grooney ... Hotel Manager
Reginald Gardiner ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Victor McLaglen ... Archibald Spavin
Billy Bevan ... Wartime Cabby
Arthur Treacher ... Second Air Raid Watcher
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... First Cockney Air Raid Watcher
Aubrey Mather ... Man in Air Raid Shelter
Ethel Griffies ... Wife of Man in Air Raid Shelter
June Lockhart ... Girl in Air Raid Shelter
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Storyline

During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is resolutely against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from its construction in 1804 until the present. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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78 stars in one Great Picture! (Lobby card). See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Changing World See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Adm. Eustace Trimble (played by C. Aubrey Smith) quotes from William Wordsworth's poem "We Must Be Free or Die": "We must be free or die, who speak the tongue / That Shakespeare spoke . . . " (lines 11-12). See more »

Goofs

In the first scene, which takes place on March 8, 1941, a newsboy announces that Germany has invaded Greece. However, the invasion did not begin until April 6, 1941. See more »

Quotes

Sir Anthony Trimble-Pomfret: [on receiving a knighthood] I am of course grattered and flattified by the signal honour Her Majesty has done us.
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Soundtracks

Roll Out The Barrel
aka "Beer Barrel Polka" (uncredited)
Music by Jaromir Vejvoda and Eduard Ingris, English lyrics by Lew Brown and Wladimir A. Timm
Sung in the air raid shelter
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Huge Cast Makes This One A Winner
13 January 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

In 1943, while the War still raged, an incredible assortment of British performers living in Hollywood got together to make a morale booster of a movie to top all the others. Joining in the production was a first class collection of producers, directors & writers. Although seldom viewed now, FOREVER AND A DAY is a wonderful film, absolutely not to be missed.

The story is of 140 years in the life of a London house, right up to the Blitz, and of the two families - sometimes feuding, sometimes merging - that called it home. Its endurance through history's onslaughts becomes a symbol of the British Nation's resolve to fight anything Hitler could throw against them.

A partial listing of the cast illustrates its richness: Claude Rains, Ida Lupino, Merle Oberon, Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Dame May Whitty, Dame Gladys Cooper, Dame Anna Neagle, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Sir C. Aubrey Smith & Buster Keaton. Together, with many others, they combine to serve up cracking good entertainment.


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