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Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 October 1937 (France)
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in.

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At a family reunion, the Cooper clan find that their parents' home is being foreclosed. "Temporarily," Ma moves in with son George's family, Pa with daughter Cora. But the parents are like sand in the gears of their middle-aged children's well regulated households. Can the old folks take matters into their own hands? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Years Are So Long  »

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George Bernard Shaw wrote to Leo McCarey, expressing his admiration for the film. See more »

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The position of Mr. Rubens' arm changes when telling Bark that kids are ashamed of parents. See more »

Quotes

Pa: Fifty years go by pretty fast.
Mr. Horton, Hotel manager: Only when you're happy. How many children have you?
Pa: Five of them.
Mr. Horton, Hotel manager: Really! I'll bet they've brought you a lot of pleasure!
Pa: [Ironically] I bet you haven't any children.
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References Souls at Sea (1937) See more »

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An honest-to-God tearjerker...
10 May 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

An elderly couple lose their home and their grown children don't want them around, so where can they turn? After a creaky start, this thoughtful film becomes absorbing and very touching. It thankfully never resorts to feel-good measures: the oldsters are not painted as saints (in fact, Beulah Bondi's "Ma" is realistically nagging and nosy) and their kids are completely selfish (which is entirely believable). The picture has one of the most haunting endings that I can recall, and it's even more powerful to consider how timely it all is (and how this situation still rears its ugly head today). An emotionally gripping, wistful, memorable movie. ***1/2 from ****


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