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Now and Forever (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 31 August 1934 (USA)
Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then ... See full summary »

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Toni Carstairs Day
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Penelope 'Penny' Day
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Felix Evans (as Sir Guy Standing)
Charlotte Granville ...
Mrs. J.H.P. Crane
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James Higginson
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Mr. Clark
Tetsu Komai ...
Mr. Ling - Hotel Manager
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Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then the Days 'rediscover' Jerry's young daughter Pennie, who has been living with his rich deceased wife's family. Pennie appears to be just what Jerry needs to mend his swindling ways and lead a straight life. Despite the responsibility of his new family, Jerry is swayed by the corruptible influence of jewelry thief Felix Evans. When Evans lures Jerry into a job, it puts the continuation of his new family life at risk. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Gary Cooper nicknamed Shirley Temple "Wiggle-Britches" while they were filming this movie. See more »

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When Penny asks Jerry for his name, she mouths his answer at the same time he says it. Shirley Temple probably did this to stay synchronized for her next line. See more »

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[repeated line]
Jerry Day: Who do you love?
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The World Owes Me a Living
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Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Larry Morey
Sung by Shirley Temple
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See It for Lombard and Cooper
12 June 2011 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard reminded me of the romantic thieves in "Algiers" played by Charles Boyer and Hedy LaMarr. That movie was 1938 and this one 1934, so this movie is the original. It is a pre-code movie, so don't expect the stupid moral standards that the Hays office enforced in the years after this movie. Cooper and Lombard are wonderfully charming in their first few scenes together. They become more intense later on and less fun. In fact the whole film become less fun when Shirley Temple enters. At age six, Temple wasn't yet the brilliant seasoned pro and entertainer she became the following years.

This is Henry Hathaway's eleventh film, but eight of those were one hour Westerns with Randolph Scott, so it is only his third non-Western. His work with the actors, camera placements and story-telling techniques are excellent.

The main problem I found was with the stings or cons that are in the film. They seem far too easy. Perhaps people were much more gullible and assumed honesty in those days, but it is hard to believe that Cooper could have pulled off his cons without the luck of having a screenwriter watching over him.

It is not a great film, and not the best for Cooper, Lombard, Temple or Hathaway, but there is a lot of talent here and the film is enjoyable most of the time.

Incidentally, Dorothy Dell starred with Shirley Temple in 1934 in "Little Miss Marker" and died in a car crash at the age of 19. Carole Lombard starred with Temple in this movie and died in a plane crash at the age of 34. I thought I had discovered a "Temple Curse," but when I checked all of Temple's other female co-stars, almost all lived into their 80's or 90's and died of natural causes.


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