Forever and a Day (1943)

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During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he mets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kirby ...
Doreen Munroe ...
Wartime Londoner (as Doreen Monroe)
May Beatty ...
Wartime Londoner Cook
Connie Leon ...
Wartime Londoner
Joy Harington ...
Wartime Bus Conductor (as Joy Harrington)
Kent Smith ...
Gates Trimble Pomfret
Ernest Grooney ...
Hotel Manager
Assistant Hotel Manager
Archibald Spavin
Wartime Cabby
Arthur Treacher ...
Second Air Raid Watcher
Harry Allen ...
First Cockney Air Raid Watcher
Aubrey Mather ...
Man in Air Raid Shelter
Wife of Man in Air Raid Shelter
Girl in Air Raid Shelter


During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he mets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from its construction in 1804 until present day. Written by Markus Lasermann <>

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Release Date:

21 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Changing World  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Great Wartime Tribute
6 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

This remarkable film was largely the brainchild of Sir Cedric Hardwicke, who had the idea that British ex-patriates in Hollywood donate their services to make a stirring film with a strong nationalistic theme. He rounded up a lot of potential contributors including actors and directors and writers, but by the time he found a home for this at RKO, some of them like Cary Grant and Ronald Colman and Alfred Hitchcock were no longer available. Some Americans and Canadians pitched in their services and the result is the very entertaining tale of two distant cousins and and a house that survives into the blitz told in flashbacks as London is bombed. Hardwicke and Buster Keaton steal the show as two bumbling plumbers, but there are excellent contributions by Sir C. Aubrey Smith, Dame May Witty, Ida Lupino, Charles Laughton, Roland Young, Dame Gladys Cooper and others. Some material was deleted, perhaps because of the length and leisurely pace of the story-telling. For those who love Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, this will appeal. It was a miracle it got made. Most of the contributors gave their time for the war effort. Worth a look.

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