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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!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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 »

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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Trivia

Paramount boss Adolph Zukor reportedly pressured Leo McCarey to alter the film's downbeat ending, but the director resisted, and his contract with the studio was not renewed. See more »

Goofs

The position of Mr. Rubens' arm changes when telling Bark that kids are ashamed of parents. 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 »

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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Overlooked gem.
24 March 1999 | by apocalypse laterSee all my reviews

Beulah Bondi gave her greatest performance as a mistreated elderly mother in this bittersweet, highly underrated Leo McCarey gem. Oscar should have noticed. (Actually, McCarey did win the Best Director Oscar that year, for the screwball comedy "The Awful Truth" - also written by Vena Delmar. In his acceptance speech, McCarey thanked the Academy, but said "you've given me this for the wrong film" - referring to "Make Way For Tomorrow.") Believe it or not, Bondi was only 48 at the time of filming, only four years older than the actors playing her children. A marvelous performance, and a lovely film


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