MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,684 this week

From This Day Forward (1946)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  2 March 1946 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 297 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 3 critic

Incidents of a marriage are recalled in flashback.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (adaptation), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4250 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 26 Nov 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 19 Mar 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 16 Dec 2013
 
list image
a list of 45 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: From This Day Forward (1946)

From This Day Forward (1946) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of From This Day Forward.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: James Mason, Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards, Joan Fontaine
Ivanhoe (1952)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie... See full summary »

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Claire Trevor
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Paulette Goddard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who's married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Joan Fontaine, Bradford Dillman
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Nino Martini, Joan Fontaine, Alan Mowbray
Biography | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas revolution, statesman, and first president of the Republic of Texas.

Director: George Nichols Jr.
Stars: Richard Dix, Gail Patrick, Edward Ellis
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

John Kent (Monte Blue') wins the Olympic decathlon but is disqualified on a charge of professionalism. William Stevens (Kenneth Harlan), the second-place finisher, is awarded the title and ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Shores
Stars: Bruce Bennett, Joan Fontaine, Reed Howes
Sky Giant (1938)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Given the job of training young pilots for important post-war cargo flights, hard-boiled Col. Stockton forces ex-officer Stag Cahill back into the military to be his aide at the academy. ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Richard Dix, Chester Morris, Joan Fontaine
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Never one to turn down a dare, Jimmy Hughes--a wealthy but eccentric lawyer--takes his faithful butler Jasper and gets a job digging ditches to fulfill a bet he made with two reporters. In ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Preston Foster, Joan Fontaine, Herbert Mundin
Blond Cheat (1938)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Socially prominent Michael Ashburn, is the chief assistant to Rufus Trent, wealthy London loan broker. He has allowed himself to become engaged to the Rufus' daughter, Roberta, the match ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Derrick De Marney, Cecil Kellaway
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Rosemary DeCamp ...
...
Hank Beesley (as Henry Morgan)
Wally Brown ...
Jake Beesley
Arline Judge ...
Margie Beesley
Renny McEvoy ...
Charlie Beesley
...
Billy Beesley
Mary Treen ...
Alice Beesley
Queenie Smith ...
Mrs. Beesley
Doreen McCann ...
Barbara Beesley
Erskine Sanford ...
Higgler
Mark Stevens ...
Bill Cummings
Edit

Storyline

In flashbacks, the 1938 courtship and marriage of young machinist Bill Cummings and bookstore clerk Susan are recalled: newlywed bliss, unemployment and other tribulations, opportunity with a hidden drawback, war and separation. Now out of the army, Bill job-hunts and worries about the future... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 March 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All Brides Are Beautiful  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 28, 1946 with Joan Fontaine and Mark Stevens reprising their film roles. See more »

Connections

Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Doreen Tryden
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Joan Fontaine's most radiant performance
26 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In this film, Joan Fontaine comes closest to being a true 'screen goddess', and she surpasses the magic even of her performances in REBECCA (1940) and LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (1948), which most people, including myself until now, have thought her best. The trouble is that this film appears to have been suppressed for political reasons for nearly seventy years. It does not seem ever to have been released on video or DVD in America or Britain. I came across it because I was seeking films featuring Mark Stevens, and this starring role opposite Fontaine was effectively his debut. I discovered that this title was available in France, in the series of RKO pictures inexpensively distributed there by Editions Montparnasse. So I ordered it from French Amazon. It is now available in that French edition from British and American Amazon, at higher prices. Just before the film begins, you select 'Version Originale', and you get it without French subtitles. The film is based upon a powerful novel by Thomas Bell (1903-1961) entitled 'All Brides Are Beautiful' (which is a sardonic line of dialogue delivered by Fontaine in the film). Five writers wrote and re-wrote the screenplay, including the well known Garson Kanin, Clifford Odets, and Charley Schnee. The result of all that work was superb. The film was magnificently and brilliantly directed by John Berry, whose film noir TENSION (1949, see my review), starring Audrey Totter in probably her finest role, is a classic. Berry had what cynics calls 'a social conscience', and he was blacklisted and could not go on working in America, so he moved to France, dying there in 1999 aged 82, having directed many French films. His popularity in France doubtless explains why the French have rescued this early masterpiece of his and put it into circulation for the first time. This film is so amazing that the final shot in the film alone is so breath-taking that it is truly one for cinema history. The film is that rare thing, an American example of what we now call Neo-Realism, and it even outdoes Robert Rossellini, who the year before had made ROME, OPEN CITY, and this year was making PAISAN, with Germany YEAR ZERO to follow two years later. This film is an ode to the power of innocent young love to triumph over all obstacles, and there are plenty of those! The film portrays the full depth of the squalor and horror of lower middle class life in New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. Fontaine's sister and her family are so poor that they survive only by sending their little son to ask the local butcher for a soup bone for the dog to chew. The butcher knows there is no dog, and she boils the bone to make soup, which is their only food. The horrors of social injustice, of sudden loss of jobs and resultant total penury, of persecution by the authorities and the courts of Stevens for 'offending against the League of Decency' by illustrating a book with paintings he has done of nude models (resulting in a criminal record which prevents his getting employment), the crushing bureaucracy in the search for a job, the brutality of daily life and the coarseness of friends and neighbours, are all shown in grim detail. This film portrays the hollow nature of the myth of the American Dream with such overwhelming power and passion, that even today it seems that it is considered so dangerously subversive that no one must be allowed to see it. The story commences in 1946 (the year the film was made), with Stevens returning to civilian life at last, having been a master sergeant in the Army. As we see his pathetic and heroic struggles to find employment again as a machine lathe operator in a factory, we view the history of his marriage to Fontaine in 1938 and the years before the War in flashbacks. We never see him in the Army, since this is a film exclusively about civilian life and of a soldier returning to it. Stevens is perfectly cast as the 'good man' married to the 'angel' Fontaine, both of them doomed to struggle against the most grinding poverty imaginable. Despite the constant despair of their situation, they keep the freshness of their love for one another shining amidst the gloom. It was undoubtedly the purpose of the film to contrast the goodness of the characters with the shallowness and callousness of so many other characters in the film, but above all to portray them in the sharpest possible contrast to their intolerable situation. Here we see the merciless and heartless American non-dream trying to crush the idyll of love of two pure souls, but despite everything that life can throw at then, they refuse to crack. Berry wishes these two simple people, fortified by love, to be seen as the true American heroes. His hatred of everyone and everything that tries to destroy them is so strong that he strips away all the myths of a land of plenty to show how a divine light can still shine deep within a dung heap, in defiance of all lies, brutality, and hypocrisy. This film was John Berry's testament, but watching it is a far from comfortable experience. It challenges all of our cozy assumptions and it makes us realize how lucky we are if we have even a few pennies to our name, or can afford the dizzying luxury of actually eating supper tonight. Perhaps every spoilt brat child in America today should be forced to stop playing video games for an hour and a half and made to watch this film, and get some realistic perspective on life. But the social challenge posed by this film is too great, hence its shocking suppression in the English-speaking world for three quarters of a century. We must not be allowed to see it!


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
From This Day Forward or The Snake Pit marhefka
Discuss From This Day Forward (1946) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?