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)  »

Also Known As:

The Years Are So Long  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leo McCarey was making The Milky Way (1936) with Harold Lloyd when he accidentally drank some contaminated milk and became so ill that he nearly died. This brush with mortality - and the recent death of his own father - made him want to make the film. McCarey in fact was so ill that he was unable to attend the funeral of his beloved father. See more »


When George asks his wife about his mother being in the way of the bridge group, the wife's hands change position in three consecutive shots. See more »


Rhoda Cooper: Why don't you face facts, Grandma?
Lucy Cooper: Oh, Rhoda!
[Pats her hand]
Lucy Cooper: When you're seventeen and the world's beautiful, facing facts is just as slick fun as dancing or going to partis, but when you're seventy... well, you don't care about dancing, you don't think about parties anymore, and about the only fun you have left is pretending that there ain't any facts to face, so would you mind if I just went on pretending?
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References Souls at Sea (1937) See more »


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Overlooked...? Indeed!!!
29 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I cannot believe that this movie did not receive any Academy Awards! I give it "All T's", for touching, tender, terrific, and tearfully timeless!!! Why it continues to be overlooked and not made into a video behooves any Beulah Bondi fan and people like me that have had the privilege of catching it tucked away between 2am infomercials on other stations. Get it on the shelf in the video stores! I've been looking for it for years! Can you say, "Bitter batter baby buggy bumpers" to your spouse as lovingly as these two lovebirds did in that 1937 classic? Romeo, Juliet, Scarlett and Rhett can't hold a light to 'Pa' and 'Ma' Cooper!

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