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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

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Passed | See all certifications »

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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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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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Director Leo McCarey made this film after the death of his father. See more »

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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

Pa: Goodbye, Lucy dear. In case I don't see you again...
Lucy Cooper: What?
Pa: Well, anything might happen, the train could jmup off the track. If it should happen that I don't see you again... It's been very nice knowing you, Miss Breckenridge.
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Version of Lux Video Theatre: Make Way for Tomorrow (1955) See more »

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(1915) (uncredited)
Written by Theodore Morse
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Hard to find classic now on DVD from Criterion
28 February 2010 | by zetesSee all my reviews

It took me a while to get into this one. It's kind of awkward and uncomfortable, but it turns out that's largely the point. The story is about an elderly married couple (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) who lose their house to the bank. None of their five children has enough room for both of them, so they end up breaking up, supposedly temporarily, to live in the homes of two of their children. Moore goes with his daughter (Minna Gombell) and Bondi goes with her son (Thomas Mitchell). Much of the movie focuses on Bondi living with her son's family (Fay Bainter is Mitchell's wife and Barbara Read his daughter). It's Hell for all of them. Bondi's old fashioned ways are annoying to the family. She herself feels out of place and confused, having lived with her husband for 50 years. Meanwhile, Moore is having just as awful a time at his daughter's place. The whole picture finds its way to one of the most satisfying and powerful final acts I've seen, where the old couple finally reunites. It's pretty much the first time in the film we see them spend a significant amount of time together, and these two people who seemed so awkward apart feel like a whole together. We see their love, we feel for what they've lost. It's absolutely gorgeous. The very end of the film is a killer. I've never quite seen a film like this (well, Tokyo Story is obviously in part based on this). On a rewatch, I think it may be a lot stronger, but I liked it a heck of a lot this time around.


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