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Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Approved  |   |  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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Charles Winninger ...
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 ...
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Virginia McMullen ...
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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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10 May 1940 (USA)  »

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And So Goodbye  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast on Los Angeles's pioneer television station, KTLA, on 21 December 1947 and on New York City's pioneer television station, WCBS, on 24 December 1947, and has been rebroadcast more times than anyone can count, and probably more times than any other film, on countless stations and cable systems everywhere, usually as a staple of the Holiday Season, both because of its public domain status and its popularity among viewers as a seasonal attraction. It's now been restored and is shown annually on Turner Classic Movies, maintaining a tradition that goes back almost 70 years. See more »

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The cast is listed twice in the film's opening credits: once in order of prominence and then in order of appearance. See more »

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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
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It wears its heart on its sleeve...but there's such conviction in the sentimentality that it plays out honestly
16 November 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A crazy-quilt of drama and emotions, initially with a holiday theme, about three elderly New York businessmen, workaholics who have unintentionally become hermits, finding themselves friendless on Christmas Eve; after throwing their wallets out into the street, they are greeted with two honest souls (a soft-spoken, singing cowboy and a kindergarten teacher) who eventually fall in love...and that's just the beginning of the story! The narrative takes on a bundle of different themes (unexpected death, youthful romance, the cause and effect of success, after-life fantasy), yet the end results are fairly smooth (although, after the forty-minute mark, the picture becomes almost a different movie altogether). Perhaps it wouldn't work so well if not for Charles Winninger's lovely performance as the twinkling Irishman who brings the young folks together. Winninger has a moment late in the proceedings, talking to the heavens, that is both blissfully serene and fraught with emotion--honest emotion, the kind Hollywood sometimes has trouble creating. The film's message is clear--if you give unto others, you're sure to receive--and if that strikes some viewers as corny, so be it. However, the filmmakers do wonders with several ideas which have since become old-hat, and the three codgers are fabulous characters who transcend some of the more obvious plot-developments. In fact, the movie is such a surprise, I would imagine more TV-airings might turn it into a holiday perennial. *** from ****


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