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Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay)
Ursula Parrott (story)
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February 1956 (USA) See more »
When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A 1950s midlife crisis by Douglas Sirk See more (19 total) »


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Barbara Stanwyck ... Norma Miller Vale

Fred MacMurray ... Clifford Groves

Joan Bennett ... Marion Groves
William Reynolds ... Vinnie Groves

Pat Crowley ... Ann

Gigi Perreau ... Ellen Groves

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Rogers
Race Gentry ... Bob
Myrna Hansen ... Ruth
Judy Nugent ... Frances (Frankie) Groves
Paul Smith ... Bellboy
Helen Kleeb ... Miss Walker
Jane Howard ... Flower Girl
Frances Mercer ... Ruth Doran
Sheila Bromley ... Woman from Pasadena
Dorothy Bruce ... Sales Manager
Hermine Sterler ... Tourist's Wife
Fred Nurney ... Tourist

Hal Smith ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Byron ... Miss Byron - Saleswoman (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
June Clayworth ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Gennaro ... Tab Show Dancer (uncredited)
Bert Holland ... Clerk (uncredited)
Ross Hunter ... Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Vonne Lester ... Junior Executive (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Pianist (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Chic Lady with Dog (uncredited)
Richard Mayer ... Mr. Mayer - Customer (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Groom (uncredited)
Carlyle Mitchell ... Mr. Carl (uncredited)
James Rawley ... Jack - Plant Foreman (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Resort Guest (uncredited)
Loreli Vitek ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Norma's Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
Writing credits
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay)

Ursula Parrott (story)

Produced by
Ross Hunter .... producer
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
Herman Stein 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Morgan  (as William M. Morgan)
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Eric Orbom 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Julia Heron 
Costume Design by
Jay A. Morley Jr. (gowns)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
Gordon McLean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Joe Lapis .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jack Daniels .... dialogue supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Crew or equipment visible: Near the end of the film, Cliff bumps the toy robot on the table, starting it walking towards the camera and he walks back to the shop window. The camera starts tracking forward and as the toy robot is walking forwards out of the shot, bottom left, the shadow of the camera falls across the toy robot.See more »
Ann:[to Vinnie] It's funny. I'm positive your father hasn't done a thing to be ashamed of, but, you know something, I wouldn't blame him if he had.See more »
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A 1950s midlife crisis by Douglas Sirk, 9 May 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Bennett star in "There's Always Tomorrow," directed by Douglas Sirk and featuring William Reynolds, Gigi Perreau, Judy Nugent, and Pat Crowley as the young people.

MacMurray is a successful toy developer, Clifford Groves, married to Marion (Bennett), and they have three children (Reynolds, Perreau, and Nugent). Marion is preoccupied with the kids and the household, while MacMurray is longing for some alone time with her and to do something different - take a weekend off, go to the theater -- but something always happens that prevents it.

When Marion can't make a theater performance because of their daughter's dance recital, Cliff stays home alone. A woman who once worked for him, Norma Vale (Stanwyck) comes over to say hello. She's now a successful dress designer in from New York. He takes her to the theater instead, and then she asks to see his office.

When a planned weekend in the desert with Marion doesn't work out because one of the girls breaks her ankle, Marion insists that Clifford go without her and relax. There, he runs into Norma again. Unfortunately, his son (Reynolds) shows up and thinks Cliff and Norma are involved. He and his friends leave without making their presence known to his dad. Without realizing what's happening, Cliff is falling for Norma; and he doesn't know that she's always been in love with him.

This is a midlife crisis, '50s style, with the underpinning of the grass is always greener. That wasn't the original intention, of course - the original intention of the film is that Norma is lonely and would give up her wonderful career to have a family like Marion and Cliff have. People still feel this way, but today, it's more because of the road not taken, not so much because of dissatisfaction. Nothing's perfect, as the film shows us. Cliff sees Norma's freedom, the attention she pays him, her interest in his work. He feels in fourth place behind the kids to Marion. He's sick of being like the robot that is his latest toy. You wind him up, he works, he comes home, he has dinner, he goes to bed. With Norma he sees an opportunity for something different. Youth. To be put first. Endless possibility.

What a lovely movie, and I thought I was sitting down to some second feature. Instead, it has Sirk's magic touch and his sly criticism of the picture-perfect '50s American life. Frankly, I could have slapped the kids and Marion for not seeing what's in front of their faces, but to be fair, kids are self-involved, and Marion is completely committed to doing what she thinks is important for Cliff and their family.

Wonderful acting, with MacMurray as the frustrated Everyman, Bennett as an attractive, disciplined woman, and Stanwyck has someone who has earned wisdom the hard way, through hard work and disappointment.

Highly recommended.

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