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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Lucy Cooper
... Barkley Cooper
... Anita Cooper
... George Cooper
... Harvey Chase
... Rhoda Cooper
... Max Rubens
... Cora Payne
... Nellie Chase
Ray Mayer ... Robert Cooper
Ralph Remley ... Bill Payne
... Mamie
... Doctor
... Carlton Gorman
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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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Years Are So Long  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The movie the grandmother and granddaughter go to see is Paramount's "Souls at Sea" (1937). See more »

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After seeing the day's mail, Lucy sits forward, but in the next shot is leaning back. See more »

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Pa: You know, I sometimes think that children should never grow past the age when you have to tuck them into bed every night.
Max Rubens: That's right. When they get older, and you can't give them as much as other choldren, they're ashamed of you, and when you give them everything and put them through college,
[He folds his arms]
Max Rubens: they're ashamed of you.
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Referenced in Get a Life: The Big City (1991) See more »

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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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It Will Tear Your Heart Out
30 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

I purchased the Criterion Collection DVD of this movie, intending to rip it out of its packaging and watch it straightaway. Instead, I let it reside on the shelf for several weeks, and only got around to watching it a few days ago.

"Make Way for Tomorrow" has joined my very personal list of the greatest American movies. Its direction is so transparent, one might think it wasn't directed at all, but spontaneously happened in front of the camera. The acting is so unforced and natural, you might think you are watching your neighbors. Of course, such acting and direction are really difficult to achieve, so I wonder why I had not come across this masterpiece before.

Orson Welles is reported to have said it could make a stone cry. He was right. When I watched this movie, I certainly cried for the first time in about five years, having been unable to do so before I saw this incredible film that validates cinema. (Why not cry before this? PTSD, father died, partner died, a car hit me resulting in major injuries.) Don't be put off by thoughts of downer subject matter; if you love life and love cinema, you owe it to yourself to see this great, great movie.


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