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Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 April 1946 (Mexico)
During WW1, a captured American, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after 20 years but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man and his son is a grown young man.

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Cast

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John Andrew MacDonald / Erik Kessler
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Lawrence Hamilton
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Aunt Jessica Hamilton (as Lucille Watson)
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Drew Hamilton
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Margaret Ludwig
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Dr. Ludwig
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Brian Hamilton
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Norton
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Cherry Davis (as Joyce MacKenzie)
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Storyline

Elizabeth and John say goodbye as John leaves to go to war. When World War I ends, Elizabeth receives a telegram that John has been killed in action. She finds comfort in Larry and they marry. John returns 20 years later, disfigured, with a new identity, Erik, and an adopted daughter, Margaret. John/Erik and Elizabeth accidentally meet and he learns that he has a son, Drew. John must then decide whether or not to reveal his true identity. Written by Kelly

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The love story that will live with you today, tomorrow and forever! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

17 April 1946 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Mañana es vivir  »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before marrying "Lawrence Hamilton", Claudette Colbert's character is named "Elizabeth MacDonald". In 1947, she would play another character with the same name: Elizabeth (Betty) MacDonald in "The Egg and I". See more »

Goofs

Lucile Watson's name is misspelled "Lucille" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

John Andrew MacDonald: Would you take away the father he has, only to tell him his real father is dead, and leave him with no father at all?
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played when Elizabeth is looking through the photo album
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My all-time sentimental favorite
27 September 2002 | by (Bay Area, California) – See all my reviews

Since the first time I saw this wonderful film on late-night TV, maybe 30 years ago, it has been my sentimental favorite. Every time I've seen it since, once a year on average, it's made me weep; not many films ever have this effect on me, even once. I simply don't understand why it isn't better known, not to mention better regarded. The touching story, fine direction, good score and superb acting add up to a great experience. For me, the performances by Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles are their most effective; hers ranks with her work in "Three Came Home" and "Since You Went Away," while his is even finer than in "The Stranger." Anyone who loves a good old-fashioned love story, sob story, multi-generational saga of the type Hollywood used to make so well should give this one a try.


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