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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Louise Beavers ...
Louis Jean Heydt ...
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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 <>

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7 October 1937 (France)  »

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The Years Are So Long  »

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No aging parent should go through this treatment
25 December 1999 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

One of the greatest tear-jerkers of all time. The sad tale of how two parents lose their house and not one of their children will let their own parents live with them. I agree, Miss Bondi deserved to win the Oscar that year but what else can I say about that subject. If you ever get to see this film, bring along a box of tissues. Make that two.

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