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When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 August 1939 (USA)
Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress. Unhappily married to a woman who suffers from mental ... See full summary »

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

James M. Cain (story "A Modern Cinderella"), Dwight Taylor (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Helen Lawrence
Charles Boyer ... Philippe Andre Chagal
Barbara O'Neil ... Madeleine Chagal
Onslow Stevens ... Jim Holden
Nydia Westman ... Lulu
Nella Walker ... Betty Dumont
Fritz Feld ... Nicholas
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Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress. Unhappily married to a woman who suffers from mental illness, he is attracted to her and they make a date to go sailing, arriving at Philip's country home just as a storm is breaking. Helen learns who he is for the first time, a celebrated-and-famous concert pianist and, falling in love with him, decides to leave before matters go further. A hurricane hits and their car is crippled by a falling tree. Rising water forces then to seek shelter in the choir loft of a church, where they spend the night. They are rescued in the morning and Helen meets Philip's wife, and learns their story. Helen and Philip meet once more, and Philip sails to Europe with his wife but promises to come back some day. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Modern Cinderella See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was reported that at least 21 writers worked on the script, which was incomplete when production began. See more »

Connections

Remade as Interlude (1968) See more »

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American Cheese Without Apple Pie
20 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne couldn't catch a break in 1939. First LOVE AFFAIR turns out badly for the body of the movie, then here we have Miss Dunne, a waitress, in love with Boyer, a concert pianist-prince with Barbara O'Neil as his mad wife. He loves her too, but Miss O'Neil has bouts of sanity, during which she comes to Miss Dunne's apartment.

This is one of the prestige dramas that John Stahl directed every year or so for Universal during the 1930s. As in the other movie, the chemistry between the leads is marvelous. This movie is the lesser, which I attribute to the utter lack of humor of Stahl, as opposed to Leo McCarey. Of course, the fact that a reported 21 writers worked on this picture may have given the film maker so much material that any humor had to be cut. Once you get past the meet cute, in which Boyer tries to order apple pie with cheese, hold the pie, it's all a romantic heartbreaker with their unfulfilled love. And that it is.


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