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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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Josef - Butler
Maria Ouspenskaya ...
Madam Tanya
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Arlene Terry
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Phil Hubert
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Officer Johnson
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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)  »

Also Known As:

And So Goodbye  »

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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 »

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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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Good King Wenceslas
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Traditional carol
Modern lyrics by John M. Neale (1853)
Performed by Richard Carlson
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Sweet, sentimental
28 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful Christmastime fantasy about three old men getting young, handsome, hunky Richard Carlson to fall in love with sweet, young, beautiful Jean Parker. There's a lot more to it but I don't want to ruin it.

This is VERY low-budget and the story is overly sentimental and more than a little silly--but I have a soft spot in my heart for it. When I was young a local TV station showed this film around Christmastime for years. I haven't seen for almost 30 years but caught it on TCM. And i STILL love it!

Something about it has always captivated me. The whole movie was somewhat predictable but I kept watching enthralled. The acting was excellent by everybody (Carlson especially--and his singing is GREAT) and the story didn't get too goody-goody or syrupy. And it all ends on a very happy note. And damned if that ending didn't have me crying.

A wonderful Christmas movie--right up there with "A Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life". This film should really be rediscovered. Well worth seeing.

Unfortunately the print on TCM is in terrible condition. It's faded and jumpy but not unwatchable. Still worth seeing. I heard there's a COLORIZED print of this! Avoid that at all costs.


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