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21 January 1943 (USA) See more »
During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The House and the generations who lived there. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
George Kirby ... Wartime Newspaper Vendor
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
Reginald Gardiner ... Assistant Hotel Manager

Victor McLaglen ... Archibald Spavin

Billy Bevan ... Wartime Cabby
Arthur Treacher ... Second Air Raid Watcher
Harry Allen ... First Cockney Air Raid Watcher
Aubrey Mather ... Man in Air Raid Shelter

Ethel Griffies ... Wife of Man in Air Raid Shelter

June Lockhart ... Girl in Air Raid Shelter
Barbara Everest ... Girl's Mother in Air Raid Shelter
Stuart Robertson ... Air Raid Warden

Ruth Warrick ... Lesley Trimble
Herbert Marshall ... Curate in Air Raid Shelter
Charles Irwin ... Cpl. Charlie
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Man in Air Raid Shelter

C. Aubrey Smith ... Adm. Eustace Trimble

Edmund Gwenn ... Stubbs
Lumsden Hare ... Fitch

Ray Milland ... Lt. William 'Bill' Trimble

Dame May Whitty ... Mrs. Lucy Trimble

Gene Lockhart ... Cobblewick
Ben Webster ... Vicar
Anna Neagle ... Susan Trenchard
Claud Allister ... William Barstow
Alan Edmiston ... Tripp - Pomfret's Lawyer
Doris Lloyd ... Trimble Maid
Helena Pickard ... Trimble Maid

Claude Rains ... Ambrose Pomfret
Halliwell Hobbes ... Doctor
Clifford Severn ... Nelson Trimble
Alec Craig ... Ambrose Pomfret's Butler

Jessie Matthews ... Mildred Trimble

Reginald Owen ... Simpson
Ian Hunter ... Dexter Pomfret

Charles Laughton ... Bellamy - Dexter's Butler

Anna Lee ... Cornelia Trimble-Pomfret

Buster Keaton ... Wilkins
Montagu Love ... Sir John Bunn

Edward Everett Horton ... Sir Anthony Trimble-Pomfret
Daphne Moore ... Elizabeth Trimble-Pomfret

Patric Knowles ... Trimble-Pomfret Son

June Duprez ... Julia Trimble-Pomfret

Cecil Kellaway ... Dinner Guest
Isobel Elsom ... Lady Trimble-Pomfret

Ida Lupino ... Jenny Jones
Wendy Barrie ... Edith Trimble-Pomfret
Wendell Hulett ... Augustus Trimble-Pomfret
Queenie Leonard ... Maid
Eric Blore ... Charles

Brian Aherne ... Jim Trimble

Merle Oberon ... Marjorie Ismay
Walter Kingsford ... Estate Lawyer
Dennis Hoey ... Mover
Emily Fitzroy ... Ms. Fulcher

Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Caroline Ismay

Richard Haydn ... Mr. Fulcher
Odette Myrtil ... Madame Gaby

Nigel Bruce ... Maj. Garrow

Elsa Lanchester ... Mamie

June ... V.A.D. Girl
Ivan F. Simpson ... Dexter (as Ivan Simpson)
Robert Coote ... Blind Officer
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Mrs. Garrow (as Anita Bolster)

Roland Young ... Henry Barringer

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Barringer
Pax Walker ... Waitress
Marta Gale ... Miss Garrow
Art Mulliner ... Elderly Bachelor (as Arthur Mulliner)
Jean Prescott ... A.T.S. Girl

Robert Cummings ... Ned Trimble
Clyde Cook ... Cabby

Donald Crisp ... Capt. Martin

Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Dabb
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sara Allgood ... Cook (1917) (scenes deleted)
Lionel Belmore ... Bit Part (scenes deleted)

Ray Bolger ... Sentry (scenes deleted)

Charles Coburn ... Sir William (scenes deleted)
Charlie Hall ... Bit Part (scenes deleted)
Philip Ahlm ... Card Player (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Female Drunk (uncredited)
Dorothy Bell ... WAAC Girl (uncredited)
Evelyn Beresford ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lydia Bilbrook ... Mother at Trimble Hotel (uncredited)
Louis Bissinger ... Baby (uncredited)
Gabriel Canzona ... Man with Monkey (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Telegraph Boy (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Female Drunk (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Bobby (uncredited)
Peter Godfrey ... Mr. Pepperdish (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Woman in Air Raid Shelter (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Card Player (uncredited)
Barry Heenan ... Card Player (uncredited)
Moyna MacGill ... Woman in Air Raid Shelter (uncredited)
Noel Madison ... Mr. Dunkinfield (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Boy (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Card Player (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Percy Snowden ... Man (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... WAAC Girl (uncredited)
Lola Vanti ... Housemaid (1917) (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
Cedric Hardwicke 
Frank Lloyd 
Victor Saville 
Robert Stevenson 
Herbert Wilcox 
René Clair (segment "1897") (as Rene Clair)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Bennett  writer
Alan Campbell  writer
Norman Corwin  writer
C.S. Forester  (as C.S. Forrester)
Peter Godfrey  writer
Jack Hartfield  writer
Lawrence Hazard  writer
Sig Herzig  writer (as S.M. Herzig)
James Hilton  writer
Alfred Hitchcock  uncredited
Michael Hogan  writer
Christopher Isherwood  writer
Emmet Lavery  writer
W.P. Lipscomb  writer
Gene Lockhart  writer
Frederick Lonsdale  writer
Alice Duer Miller 
R.C. Sherriff  writer
Donald Ogden Stewart  writer
John Van Druten  writer
Claudine West  writer
Keith Winter  writer

Produced by
René Clair .... producer (as Rene Clair)
Edmund Goulding .... producer
Cedric Hardwicke .... producer
Frank Lloyd .... producer
Victor Saville .... producer
Robert Stevenson .... producer
Herbert Wilcox .... producer
Original Music by
Anthony Collins (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (uncredited)
Lee Garmes (uncredited)
Russell Metty (uncredited)
Nicholas Musuraca (uncredited)
Film Editing by
George Crone (uncredited)
Elmo Williams (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino (uncredited)
Alfred Herman (uncredited)
Lawrence P. Williams (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (gowns) (uncredited)
Renié (gowns) (uncredited)
Edward Stevenson (gowns) (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bailey Fesler .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John C. Grubb .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Richard Van Hessen .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Music Department
Anthony Collins .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Lloyd Richards .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Changing World" - , USA (alternative title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

All cast and crew worked without pay as an aid to war propaganda.See more »
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The House and the generations who lived there., 30 August 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This was one unusual project especially for a relatively minor major studio like RKO. In Forever And A Day they assembled a whole bunch of players from the Hollywood British colony, imported a couple like Anna Neagle and Jessie Matthews who did their work across the pond and put them all in one film that was directed by a half dozen directors or so. That many hands in the creation usually is a recipe for disaster. Usually that spells incoherent, but in the case of Forever And A Day it's just ponderous.

Kent Smith and Ruth Warrick meet during the blitz, she owns a house he'd like to buy. It turns out he's distantly related to Warrick. The house was built by their common ancestor C. Aubrey Smith who was a retired admiral during the Napoleonic Wars. He built the place in an area that was rural then, London hadn't spread out that far. Warrick then starts telling the story, warts and all, of the house and the generations who lived there.

I'm amazed the film was as good as it was. Still the story is slow moving and definitely parts are better than the whole. The only villain in the piece is really Claude Rains who was an ancestor, but a conniving schemer who had his ward stolen from him by Ray Milland as he was about to make a profitable match for her. A lot of women really were chattel in 1804. Rains is never bad in anything.

Charles Laughton had a small role as a butler to one of the generations that lived in the house. Watch Laughton in this tiny role, it's one of the best examples of a consummate actor making something out of a nothing role.

Forever And A Day is interesting, but that's the best I can say for it. It was good wartime propaganda, it's not the kind of film to ever be remade. If it is, hopefully with one good director and one creative vision.

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