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Now and Forever (1934)

A swindler and his girlfriend take in his young daughter, who has been living with the family of his deceased wife.

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Henry Hathaway

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Melville Baker (story), Jack Kirkland (story "Honor Bright") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Jerry Day
Carole Lombard ... Toni Carstairs Day
Shirley Temple ... Penelope 'Penny' Day
Guy Standing ... Felix Evans (as Sir Guy Standing)
Charlotte Granville Charlotte Granville ... Mrs. J.H.P. Crane
Gilbert Emery ... James Higginson
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Clark
Tetsu Komai Tetsu Komai ... Mr. Ling - Hotel Manager
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Storyline

Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then the Days 'rediscover' Jerry's young daughter Pennie, who has been living with his rich deceased wife's family. Pennie appears to be just what Jerry needs to mend his swindling ways and lead a straight life. Despite the responsibility of his new family, Jerry is swayed by the corruptible influence of jewelry thief Felix Evans. When Evans lures Jerry into a job, it puts the continuation of his new family life at risk. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agora e Sempre See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After this film was released, Shirley Temple's fan mail reached five hundred letters a day. See more »

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When Pennie pulls the necklace out of the teddy bear's neck, she is holding it a few inches away from the bear, with all of her fingers around it. The camera then cuts to a different angle, and Pennie is holding it daintily between her thumb and pointer finger, very close to (perhaps touching against) the bear.. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Day: Penny, this is sort of your new mother. And Toni, I guess you'd say this is sort of our new daughter.
Toni Carstairs Day: I guess you would.
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I'm a Black Sheep Who's Blue
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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A rather odd mix but highly watchable for the stars
12 August 2012 | by davidgarnesSee all my reviews

This movie is well worth viewing, if only to see Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard in relatively early roles and to see Shirley Temple in an unusual part before she really peaked in popularity (here she is an incredible SIX years old). This is not a typical Temple film, in that she sings only one song (expertly), but you do get to see her act in a thoroughly convincing way. The supporting players are excellent as well.

This is a rather odd movie that can't quite make up its mind what to be...a decidedly downbeat ending that is actually starker than it's presented in some reviews here and a series of rather improbable con jobs that are not dramatically convincing. However, it's a treat to see the incredibly talented Temple, the skillful Carole Lombard, and the totally charming Gary Cooper (who, by the way, sports a very impressive wardrobe throughout, as does Lombard).

I watched the colorized version--better than I expected--but would have preferred black and white. See this movie with a "willing suspension of disbelief" and you'll enjoy it as a blast from the long-ago past.


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