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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:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Clifford the Robot Man, 7 August 2013
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Pasadena toy manufacturer Fred MacMurray (as Clifford "Cliff" Groves) is wealthy and successful, but feels neglected by his busy family. His children are preoccupied with their own lives and loving wife Joan Bennett (as Marion) always finds herself committed to something other than time with Mr. MacMurray. He feels ignored, unappreciated and lonely. Enter former employee Barbara Stanwyck (as Norma Miller-Vale). Formerly plain, but now an attractive dress designer, Ms. Stanwyck arrives in Los Angeles on business. She's clearly interested in rekindling something with MacMurray...

The best part here is that "There's Always Tomorrow" has director Douglas Sirk working in the 1950s, with his best photographer Russell Metty. This means artful shadows, stairways, windows and reflections. Such visuals, especially as they complement the story, are great. There is even a scene with Stanwyck's face shedding tears that are actually reflected raindrops; a technique said to have originated with "In Cold Blood" (1967). Quite possibly, this was done even earlier...

The cast is strangely unimpassioned. MacMurray and Stanwyck lack the level of spark they conveyed in previous collaborations. Perhaps this is the point. MacMurray has become like the toy robot he created. He's "Rex" the walkie-talkie mechanical man. Stanwyck appears to be hesitating an attempted seduction. While not the protagonist, she becomes the most interesting character. Completely and most maddeningly in the dark, Ms. Bennett acts robotically unaware of the threat to her supposedly perfect family life. Shaking things up is suspicious and literate son William Reynolds (as Vinnie).

******* There's Always Tomorrow (1/20/56) Douglas Sirk ~ Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Bennett, William Reynolds

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