During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is ... 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)
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
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. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is resolutely 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 the present. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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Release Date:

21 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Changing World  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The film takes from 1804 to October 21, 1805, in 1820, in 1846, in 1847, in 1897, in 1907, from October 21 to October 22, 1917, on April 12, 1918, on November 11, 1918 and on March 8, 1941. See more »


In the first scene, which takes place on March 8, 1941, a newsboy announces that Germany has invaded Greece. However, the invasion did not begin until April 6, 1941. See more »


Trimble Maid: Eeeeeh - isn't it all romantic? Just like a fairy tale.
Trimble Maid: Yes. She's a nice little thing in her way and I really pity her having to go back to that old Barstow.
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It's a Long Way to Tipperary
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Sung in the air raid shelter
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Huge Cast Makes This One A Winner
13 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

In 1943, while the War still raged, an incredible assortment of British performers living in Hollywood got together to make a morale booster of a movie to top all the others. Joining in the production was a first class collection of producers, directors & writers. Although seldom viewed now, FOREVER AND A DAY is a wonderful film, absolutely not to be missed.

The story is of 140 years in the life of a London house, right up to the Blitz, and of the two families - sometimes feuding, sometimes merging - that called it home. Its endurance through history's onslaughts becomes a symbol of the British Nation's resolve to fight anything Hitler could throw against them.

A partial listing of the cast illustrates its richness: Claude Rains, Ida Lupino, Merle Oberon, Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Dame May Whitty, Dame Gladys Cooper, Dame Anna Neagle, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Sir C. Aubrey Smith & Buster Keaton. Together, with many others, they combine to serve up cracking good entertainment.

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