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Director:
Writers:
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay)
Ursula Parrott (story)
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Release Date:
February 1956 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
84 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Marion Groves:At my age a birthday is only a time to turn all mirrors to the wall.See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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54 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Sirk's most overlooked movie - certainly amongst his best, 23 February 2003

Douglas Sirk is renowned for injecting his subversive criticism of American society of the fifties in his glossy and glamorous melodramas. What made this palatable to the public, who flocked in droves, was the fact that the families involved were showbiz families ("Imitation of Life"), filthy rich oil magnates ("Written in the Wind") or highly idealized to the point of caricature ("All that Heaven Allows", "Magnificent Obsession"), far from the average movie goers own social milieu. And of course up there on the screen were the glamorous stars, Rock Hudson, Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone, etc. Movie fans will recall the aforementioned movies when the topic of Sirk's movies arises. It is highly unlikely that "There's Always Tomorrow" will get a mention. "There's Always Tomorrow" has barely any gloss or glamour. The social criticism is completely without disguise. The family in question is one that the vast majority of movie goers could very easily identify with. Its stars (Fred MacMurray and a not so young Barbara Stanwyk) are not glamorous. While audiences left the cinema entranced by the glorious melodrama of "Imitation of Life" and "Written on the Wind", they would have left "There's Always Tomorrow" feeling a lot less secure about their own lives, since it's a film that touches on a fair amount of "dangerous" territory, calling into question the very foundations of the American family. Douglas Sirk's sense of irony has never been sharper. The title brims with optimism and the film opens with the script, "Once Upon a Time in Sunny California". But what unfolds is a bleak, pessimistic depiction of middle class family life.

While Sirk's films have often been branded "woman's pictures", "There's Always Tomorrow" is indeed very much a man's picture. It takes a hard and deep look at the role of the male breadwinner and the picture it comes up with is not a pretty one. What we are shown is a man who when young, courted the prettiest girl, married, had children and worked hard to build up a successful business. He is now middle aged and having achieved it all, begins to feel himself taken for granted by his wife and children. His needs are completely neglected. His wife has little interest in him sexually being totally wrapped up in fulfilling the unending needs of their self centered ungrateful children. It's a scenario all too familiar to millions of men. Fred MacMurrays's Clifford Groves has become a robot similar to the one his successful toy manufacturer has created. No wonder that Norma Vale's (Stanwyk) reappearance in his life presents an opportunity to regain his lost dreams. She's an independent career woman, who sees his situation as somewhat idyllic from the outside. But with the usual intelligence of a Stanwyk character, she has no illusions as to a possible future with him. Despite the brief and obligatory conciliatory ending, Clifford Groves' future does not bode well. It should come as no surprise that the film was not well received at the box office.

"There's Always Tomorrow" has many of the hallmarks of Sirk's craftsmanship. The studio refused to grant him his request for the film to be shot in color, despite having provided Universal with some of its highest grossing pictures of the decade. At least his demand for his favorite cameraman Russell Metty was granted. Metty as always, was the perfect partner in realising Sirk's vision. His interior filming in particular is a lesson in cinematography. He had a penchant for shooting characters behind banisters, framed in mirrors and caged behind fences to enhance the sense of their being trapped. MacMurray and Stanwyk are constantly gliding through dark shadow and bright light reflecting the inherent brightness and darkness in their lives.

At this point of writing "There's Always Tomorrow" has not been released in any format and rarely gets a showing on television. It's a gross injustice to an extremely important director and a wonderfully made, moving piece of cinema.

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