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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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WITHIN A WOMAN'S HEART - YESTERDAY is gone.... TODAY cannot last.... and only TOMORROW is forever! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First credited screen appearance of Natalie Wood. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

John Andrew MacDonald: Here is the one you wait for. No other man is your husband.
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Soundtracks

Das Lied der Deutschen
(1797) (uncredited)
aka "Deutschland über Alles"
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Played at the beginning of the German hospital scene
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John never comes back
19 April 2003 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

The plot of the film has been used in others in different ways, however one must acknowledge that acting of Orson Welles and Claudette Colbert added another quality to this drama. At present Black and white films are not much wanted, particularly by new generations, but the present can be well accepted by them. It goes step by step with an acting of Welles simply extraordinary, the way he moves the way he talks and argues in the film is nearly normal. The end was logic and obviously tragic. We would need more materials like these, i.e. with less violence and good humanistic messages.


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