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Director:
Writers:
Viña Delmar (screen play)
Josephine Lawrence (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
7 October 1937 (France) See more »
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Plot:
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Victor Moore ... Barkley Cooper

Beulah Bondi ... Lucy Cooper
Fay Bainter ... Anita Cooper

Thomas Mitchell ... George Cooper
Porter Hall ... Harvey Chase
Barbara Read ... Rhoda Cooper
Maurice Moscovitch ... Max Rubens
Elisabeth Risdon ... Cora Payne
Minna Gombell ... Nellie Chase
Ray Mayer ... Robert Cooper
Ralph Remley ... Bill Payne
Louise Beavers ... Mamie
Louis Jean Heydt ... Doctor
Gene Morgan ... Carlton Gorman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Granville Bates ... Mr. Hunter (uncredited)
William Begg ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Sarah Rubens (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Man at Employment Agency (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Movie Theatre Doorman (uncredited)
Fritzi Brunette ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobby Caldwell ... Boy (uncredited)
Avril Cameron ... Mrs. McKenzie (uncredited)

Ethel Clayton ... Customer (uncredited)
Helen Davis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sidney De Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Bridge Player (uncredited)

Ellen Drew ... Usherette (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Dale (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Ed Weldon - Auto Salesman (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham ... Bridge Player (uncredited)
Alice Keating ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Lewis ... Business Man (uncredited)
Dorothy Lloyd ... Bird Imitator (uncredited)
Nick Lukats ... Boy Friend (uncredited)
Leo McCarey ... Passerby / Man in Overcoat / Carpet Sweeper (uncredited)
Kitty McHugh ... Head Usherette (uncredited)
Don McKinney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lee Millar ... Animal and Bird Imitator (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Letter Carrier (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Newell ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Preston ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Guest in Vogard Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Bartender (uncredited)
Louise Seidel ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Business Man (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Mr. Horton - Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Bernard Suss ... Bridge Player (uncredited)

Rosemary Theby ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lelah Tyler ... Bridge Player (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Secretary (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... Bridge Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
 
Writing credits
Viña Delmar (screen play)

Josephine Lawrence (based on a novel by)

Helen Leary (play) and
Nolan Leary (play)

Leo Robin  poem: "Are You Afraid" (uncredited)

Produced by
Leo McCarey .... producer (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Bernard Herzbrun 
 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman (interior decorations)
 
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
91 min | West Germany:85 min (TV)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
UK:U (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3236)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: George's position changes from erect to leaning on the table when he asks his wife about bridge and his mother.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Lucy Cooper:Bark, that's probably the prettiest speech you ever made. And in case I don't see you aga- well, for a little while. I just want to tell you, it's been lovely, every bit of it, the whole fifty years. I'd sooner have been your wife, Bark, than anyone else on Earth.
Pa:Thank you, Lucy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
When a St. Louis Woman Comes Down to New OrleansSee more »

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55 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
This Day and Age, 12 September 2000
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Paramount, 1937), directed by Leo McCarey, ranks one of the very best and well scripted dramas from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and one worthy of recognition and/or rediscovery. No longer available on any local TV channel as it was in the 1970s, MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW had frequent revivals on American Movie Classics, from June 20, 1994 until its final air date, April 3, 1999, and a Turner Classic Movies premiere September 6, 2010. Thus far, it's never been distributed on either video cassette or DVD.

Yes, MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW is sad, moving, but so very true to life dealing realistically about coping with old age. Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi (in possibly the best film role in her entire career) play an elderly couple who lose their home and find that their adult children are finding excuses NOT to take them in. A situation that even rings true even by today's society. Leo McCarey won an Academy Award as Best Director that year for the comedy THE AWFUL TRUTH (Columbia), starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. McCarey was reported to have said that he had won for the wrong movie, that it should should have won for this one. I agree. As much as THE AWFUL TRUTH is a fine movie in its own right, MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW is a far better production, dramatically anyway.

In support here are Fay Bainter (in a rare unsympathetic role); Thomas Mitchell (the only one of the children to know how selfish he has been while the others refuse to realize it themselves), Porter Hall, Barbara Read (as the adolescent granddaughter) and Elisabeth Risdon. While MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW lacks star names, it consists of character actors in leading parts, which is just as good. Victor Moore, usually in comedic supporting parts or leads in program productions (better known as "B" movies), is fine in a rare dramatic role, but is overshadowed by Beulah Bondi, whose performance is excellent as well as tear inducing. Although she plays a woman possibly in her late 70s, she was actually 45 when the film was made. Sadly, MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW did not receive a single Academy Award nomination. If a nomination was to be offered, it definitely would go to Bondi as Best Actress for such highlights as sitting sadly in her rocking chair as the radio plays the sentimental score of "I Adore You" as introduced in Paramount's own COLLEGE HOLIDAY (1936), along with her closing scene at the train station bidding husband Moore farewell to the underscoring of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," scenes that remain in memory long after the movie is over.

The plot might sound trite in print, but to see it is to appreciate the kind of movie that can never be remade in the same manner as the original nor come anywhere close to great motion picture making such as this one. (***1/2)

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