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Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 October 1937 (France)
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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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!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 12 May 2015 in multiple formats as part of the Criterion Collection. See more »

Goofs

When George asks his wife about his mother being in the way of the bridge group, the wife's hands change position in three consecutive shots. See more »

Quotes

Quote at beginning of movie: Life flies past us so swiftly that few of us pause to consider those who have lost the tempo of today. Their laughter and their tears we do not even understand for there is no magic that will draw together in perfect understanding the aged and the young. There is a canyon between us, and the painful gap is only bridged by the ancient words of a very wise man... HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER.
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Connections

Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

When a St. Louis Woman Comes Down to New Orleans
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow and Gene Austin
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An honest-to-God tearjerker...
10 May 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

An elderly couple lose their home and their grown children don't want them around, so where can they turn? After a creaky start, this thoughtful film becomes absorbing and very touching. It thankfully never resorts to feel-good measures: the oldsters are not painted as saints (in fact, Beulah Bondi's "Ma" is realistically nagging and nosy) and their kids are completely selfish (which is entirely believable). The picture has one of the most haunting endings that I can recall, and it's even more powerful to consider how timely it all is (and how this situation still rears its ugly head today). An emotionally gripping, wistful, memorable movie. ***1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1937 (France) 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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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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