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Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 October 1937 (France)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Victor Moore ...
Fay Bainter ...
Anita Cooper
Porter Hall ...
Harvey Chase
Barbara Read ...
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Minna Gombell ...
Ray Mayer ...
Ralph Remley ...
Louise Beavers ...
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Gene Morgan ...
Carlton Gorman


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 <>

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Release Date:

7 October 1937 (France)  »

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The Years Are So Long  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Though they play elderly parents who have been cast aside by their children, Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi were only 61 and 49, respectively, when this film was made. See more »


Position of George and Anita's hands change when talking about Rhoda getting her own apartment. See more »


Pa: Goodbye, Lucy dear. In case I don't see you again...
Lucy Cooper: What?
Pa: Well, anything might happen, the train could jmup off the track. If it should happen that I don't see you again... It's been very nice knowing you, Miss Breckenridge.
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(1915) (uncredited)
Written by Theodore Morse
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This is one of my favorite movies. I have watched it twice on the old movie channel, but would love to have my own copy. Ms Bondi's acting is wonderful and Mr. Moore has such a gallant attitude with her. I love the little poem she recites in the movie and would like to have someone give me its title if known. Every married couple should watch this movie. After my second viewing of this movie I researched Ms. Bondi on this site and was astonished how young she was at the time of the shooting of this film. I then went on to rent as many of her films as I could find. What an great talent she was. It saddens me to know that so many of these marvelous old films will be lost. If anyone can tell me where I can get a copy of this movie on tape or DVD please contact me. Thanks

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