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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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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 ...
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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)  »

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Beyond Christmas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Re-released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2004 under the title "Beyond Christmas". DVD has both the restored B&W version plus a color version of the 1940 movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Home, Sweet Home
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Performed by Richard Carlson
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Undying Friendship
14 February 2006 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Even after passing BEYOND TOMORROW, three old gentlemen continue to guard their two young friends.

Unfortunately rather obscure, this charming little film, bursting with the joy of life, brings a whimsicality as unexpected as finding a ten dollar bill on a snowy sidewalk.

Texas rodeo cowboy Richard Carlson and children's clinic worker Jean Parker are the two lonely people brought together on a cold New York City Christmas Eve by their new benefactors. They make a perfect couple, young & eager to embrace love - and each other - with open arms. Their enthusiasm at finding relief from their loneliness is genuine and imparts a special glow to the viewer.

The generous trio, who look after their new companions like benevolent uncles, are the very heart of the film. Cheery Irishman Charles Winninger, stalwart English major Sir C. Aubrey Smith, and melancholy Oklahoman Harry Carey, although dealing with their own secret sorrows, share their largess with complete strangers (whom they meet by a most curious stratagem) in order to share the Christmas Spirit. Elderly Maria Ouspenskaya gives a sweetly poignant performance as their beloved housekeeper; this tiny, wizened actress positively radiates joy as she steals her every scene.

Helen Vinson, as a singing temptress trying to corrupt Carlson, is the serpent in this garden. Silent Screen star Rod La Rocque, in one of his final films, gives support as Vinson's theatrical manager.

This would make wonderful Holiday viewing. In fact, one of the most delightful scenes in the film features a spirited singing of Jingle Bells in English, Russian, German & Italian.


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