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Now and Forever (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 31 August 1934 (USA)
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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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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31 August 1934 (USA)  »

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Agora e Sempre  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Gary Cooper earned $129,000 for a couple of months in the studio shooting this movie. See more »


When Jerry and Penny board the double-decker bus in New York, Penny is holding an ice cream cone and Jerry's hands are empty. But in the next shot, as Penny gets her bus transfer, Jerry is holding the ice cream cone in his right hand even though we've never seen Penny hand it to him. See more »


Jerry Day: You aren't talking about Penny. You're talking about yourself.
Toni Carstairs Day: That isn't so.
Jerry Day: Stop lying, Toni. It doesn't become you, either. I took you out of a good home and into a life like this.
Toni Carstairs Day: You didn't take me. I wanted to go.
Jerry Day: And instead of a decent husband, I gave you a guy who chases trains and deals in phony goldmines.
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I'm a Black Sheep Who's Blue
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
[Background music during the opening credits]
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Shirley's father is unusually awful in this film from Paramount
16 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Nearly all of Shirley Temple's childhood films were made at Twentieth Century Fox and it helped make this studio one of the most successful ones of the 1930s. However, for some reason Shirley starred in this film for Paramount. Fox loaned her out to Paramount (a practice that occasionally happened to keep actors busy during slack periods or as part of a trade between the studios for a film or two) and considering how successful she was at the time, this loan-out is surprising. Perhaps it's because it was still early in Shirley's career, though with some big hits behind her, it's still hard to understand. Or, perhaps Fox really owed Paramount because they loan them some mega- star or mega-stars.

This film is a bit unusual. While her parents were sometimes idiots in her films, they usually weren't criminals like they are in "Now and Forever". Pennie's mother died and she's being raised by her mother's family. This is a blessing since her father, Jerry (Gary Cooper) is a con man and is just no good. In fact, at one point her returns to his wife's family and tries to sell his interest in the child in order to make money!! Fortunately, when Pennie (Temple) spends time with her no-good father, she manages to bring out the best in him and he wants her not for any money but to raise her because she's so sweet. This is a relief to Jerry's girlfriend, Toni (Carole Lombard), as she's tired of their life together...always being just one step ahead of the law! But Toni is realistic...any change might be temporary and Jerry needs to think about someone else other than himself for once. Can this jerk of a dad and very immature man actually turn out to be a family man?

So is this film any good? Well, I certainly would never consider placing it among Temple's better films. The biggest reason is that the film is a MAJORLY depressing film...especially at the end. In most later films, parents had issues but worked them out happily by the end and everything was peachy. Here, it's just a depressing, miserable mess. The acting is good...the script really isn't. Overall, not a terrible film but it lacks something in later movies...fun.

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