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Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  10 May 1940 (USA)
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The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

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Complete credited cast:
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George Melton
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Allan Chadwick
Charles Winninger ...
Michael O'Brien
Alex Melesh ...
Josef - Butler
Maria Ouspenskaya ...
Madam Tanya
Helen Vinson ...
Arlene Terry
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Phil Hubert
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James Houston
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Jean Lawrence
J. Anthony Hughes ...
Officer Johnson
Robert Homans ...
Sergeant
Virginia McMullen ...
Secretary
James Bush ...
Jace Taylor
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David Chadwick
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Melton, Chadwick and O'Brien, rich but lonely heads of an engineering firm, invite three strangers to dinner on Christmas Eve. Only two show up, James and Jean, they fall in love and become friends with their three benefactors...until the latter are killed in a plane crash and come back to their old home as ghosts. In the coming months, true love encounters some rough spots; can ghostly O'Brien help the young folks? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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10 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond Christmas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Good King Wenceslas
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Traditional carol
Modern lyrics by John M. Neale (1853)
Performed by Richard Carlson
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They say success can come too soon... well, now it's time for this film to gain some fame!
24 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

How is it possible that I have never seen (or heard of) this movie before?! Thanks to TCM I was able to check it out and I must say - this should be a holiday tradition, shown on TV as regularly as "It's A Wonderful Life". Although it's not quite up to that level of classic perfection, "Beyond Tomorrow" gives one a similarly uplifting feeling. The ending makes you feel glad to be alive...and less afraid of death.

I won't give away the story - just watch. Some may say it's naive and sentimental, but I feel sorry for anyone who's such a hard-hearted cynic (and what are you doing watching Christmas movies anyway?) So many movies try to be "heartwarming" and fail, coming off as phoney and emotionally manipulative. It's good to see one as sincere and genuinely moving as this one.

It's a shame the print isn't better quality, despite some recent restoration work. How such a great film could be allowed to deteriorate, I'll never understand. It's especially shameful when you think of how many other, older movies are in better shape. I hope the TCM print gets released on DVD, since it seems to be an improvement over the cheapie DVDs out there. This film deserves to be better known, and should be preserved so that it can be seen...beyond tomorrow.


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