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Till the End of Time (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 1946 (UK)
Drama about former WW2 soldiers readjusting to civilian life and dealing with their mental and physical traumas.

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William Tabeshaw
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Perry Kincheloe
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C.W. Harper
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Sgt. Gunny Watrous
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Helen Ingersoll
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Pinky
Ruth Nelson ...
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Selena Royle ...
Mrs. Kincheloe
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Three former marines have a hard time readjusting to civilian life. Perry can't deal with the loss of the use of his legs. William is in trouble with bad debts. And Cliff can't decide what he wants to do with his life, although he gets encouragement from war widow Pat Ruscomb. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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New love in each other's heart ... till the end of time ! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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1946 (UK)  »

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The Dream of Home  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Porter and Edward Dmytryk met making this film and would be married in 1948 until his death in 1999. See more »

Quotes

Pat Ruscomb: What did you want to see me about?
Cliff Harper: I could say it all in a minute.
Pat Ruscomb: Right - I'll time you.
Cliff Harper: You're a tramp.
Pat Ruscomb: That leaves you just 40 seconds.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Got Spurs) Jingle Jangle Jingle
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Robert Mitchum while walking to Guy Madison's home.
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Returning vets vehicle was Madison's shining moment on screen
4 March 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

The year after World War II ended brought the first dramas to look at the plight of returning veterans trying to readjust to civilian norms. The Best Years of Our Lives was the big hit that year, but there were others, too. The title song in Till The End of Time, which was adapted from a Chopin polonaise, snakes through the movie wearing many skins, from saraband to Swing, constituting one of the more effective leitmotifs of 40s-movie scores. The story centers on Guy Madison, returning from the Pacific to his Los Angeles family. His parents expect the boy who left, not the man (physically, at least) who came back; they recoil when he wants to share his experiences in battle. So he starts to rebel against their sheltered and complacent life but has little idea of what to do with his own.

His love life is riven as well. One the one side there's the brash bobby-soxer next door, symbolizing what he used to be; on the other is weary war-widow Dorothy McGuire (among her most affecting roles), another survivor of the horrors of combat.

It's tempting to assume that Madison landed this meaty role (he's constantly on screen) solely because of his looks -- extraordinary, even by Hollywood standards. But he delivers a natural, if a bit bashful, performance. Only when buddy Robert Mitchum resurfaces halfway through the movie does he suffer by comparison. As a black sheep with a steel plate in his skull, Mitchum strikes the sparks that would ignite his long stardom; Madison, while pleasant and competent, comes up with nothing new and starts to grow monotonous (his career took him to TV westerns and European cheapies).

Director Edward Dmytryk (Murder, My Sweet; Back to Bataan) tones down for this leisurely character study, which remains absorbing and at times close to moving. He missteps once, very near the end, when a blast at bigotry comes flying out of left field, and he probably had to settle for the upbeat ending the studio wanted. But it was left to film noir, which dealt with similar issues obliquely (Blue Dahlia, Act of Violence, Dmytryk's own Crossfire) that probed them more profoundly.


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