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Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 July 1937 (Japan)
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Viña Delmar (screen play), Josephine Lawrence (based on a novel by) | 2 more credits »
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3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Beulah Bondi ... Lucy Cooper
Victor Moore ... Barkley Cooper
Fay Bainter ... Anita Cooper
Thomas Mitchell ... George Cooper
Porter Hall ... Harvey Chase
Barbara Read ... Rhoda Cooper
Maurice Moscovitch ... Max Rubens
Elisabeth Risdon ... Cora Payne
Minna Gombell ... Nellie Chase
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Robert Cooper
Ralph Remley Ralph Remley ... Bill Payne
Louise Beavers ... Mamie
Louis Jean Heydt ... Doctor
Gene Morgan ... Carlton Gorman
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Storyline

At a family reunion, the Cooper clan find that their parents' home is being foreclosed. "Temporarily," Ma moves in with son George's family, Pa with daughter Cora. But the parents are like sand in the gears of their middle-aged children's well regulated households. Can the old folks take matters into their own hands? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Human Story of Domestic Affairs!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #505. See more »

Goofs

Position of George and Anita's hands change when talking about Rhoda getting her own apartment. See more »

Quotes

Rhoda Cooper: Why don't you face facts, Grandma?
Lucy Cooper: Oh, Rhoda!
[Pats her hand]
Lucy Cooper: When you're seventeen and the world's beautiful, facing facts is just as slick fun as dancing or going to partis, but when you're seventy... well, you don't care about dancing, you don't think about parties anymore, and about the only fun you have left is pretending that there ain't any facts to face, so would you mind if I just went on pretending?
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Connections

Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Leo Friedman, Harold Rossiter and Beth Slater Whitson
Played by hotel band in ballroom and later sung by Victor Moore in cab
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User Reviews

No aging parent should go through this treatment
25 December 1999 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

One of the greatest tear-jerkers of all time. The sad tale of how two parents lose their house and not one of their children will let their own parents live with them. I agree, Miss Bondi deserved to win the Oscar that year but what else can I say about that subject. If you ever get to see this film, bring along a box of tissues. Make that two.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1937 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Years Are So Long See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,416
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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