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Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 10 May 1940 (USA)
The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

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Adele Comandini (screenplay), Mildred Cram (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... George Melton
C. Aubrey Smith ... Allan Chadwick
Charles Winninger ... Michael O'Brien
Alex Melesh Alex Melesh ... Josef - Butler
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Madam Tanya
Helen Vinson ... Arlene Terry
Rod La Rocque ... Phil Hubert
Richard Carlson ... James Houston
Jean Parker ... Jean Lawrence
J. Anthony Hughes ... Officer Johnson
Robert Homans ... Sergeant
Virginia McMullen Virginia McMullen ... Secretary (as Virginia Mc Mullen)
James Bush ... Jace Taylor
William Bakewell ... David Chadwick
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Storyline

Melton, Chadwick and O'Brien, rich but lonely heads of an engineering firm, invite three strangers to dinner on Christmas Eve. Only two show up, James and Jean, they fall in love and become friends with their three benefactors...until the latter are killed in a plane crash and come back to their old home as ghosts. In the coming months, true love encounters some rough spots; can ghostly O'Brien help the young folks? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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What these three missed in life, they share with young romance in... See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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This film was first telecast in New York 23 December 1946 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5) and in Los Angeles 21 December 1947 on DuMont's KTLA (Channel 5), and has been rebroadcast more times than anyone can count, and probably more times than any other film, on countless stations and cable systems everywhere, usually as a staple of the Holiday Season, both because of its public domain status and its popularity among viewers as a seasonal attraction. In more recent years, It's now been restored and is shown annually on Turner Classic Movies, maintaining a tradition that goes back 70 years. In Baltimore it first aired Wednesday 10 March 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Detroit Sunday 9 May 1948 on WWJ (Channel 2), in Atlanta Tuesday 21 December 1948 on WSB (Channel 8), in Chicago Thursday 23 December 1948 on freshly launched WNBQ (Channel 5), in Atlanta Wednesday 21 December 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Boston Sunday 25 December 1949 on WNAC (Channel 7), and in Salt Lake City Monday 26 December 1949 on KSL (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Allan Chadwick: I tell you England's territorial expansion had quite a different significance.
George Melton: No matter how thin you slice it, a grab is a grab.
Allan Chadwick: Grab? That's a specious term. England carried civilisation into the wilderness. What was Australia before she redeemed it from the Aborigines?
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Crazy Credits

The cast is listed twice in the film's opening credits: once in order of prominence and then in order of appearance. See more »

Alternate Versions

When shown as a "Nick At Night" movie on the Nickelodeon television channel in the 1980's they altered the order of presentation of the movie's cast and credits. See more »

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Featured in Film Breaks: Fantasy Films (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
(circa 1743) (uncredited)
Music attributed to John Reading
Latin lyrics by John Francis Wade (circa 1743)
English lyrics by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Played on a radio
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A Christmas Classic Given a Second Life
19 December 2006 | by sbibb1See all my reviews

Beyond Tomorrow is a film that should be considered a Christmas classic, but sadly is film which has slipped through the cracks. This film began production in 1939 at General Service Studios which was rented out by Academy Productions, Inc. The film was released in May 1940, certainly not during the Christmas season. The film was distributed by RKO. This film was considered to be a second feature, or B picture. The cast, which are excellent in the roles, are all supporting players in other films, but here they are given the lead. This film was known as an "orphan" film. The copyright on this film was allowed to expire when Academy Productions went out of business. Because this film didn't have major stars in it, the film was not widely replayed during the Christmas season, except in smaller local markets. Interestingly, "It's A Wonderful Life" really only became the classic film it is, because it too slipped into the public domain, and repeated TV viewings around the holidays insured that film would become a classic.

In the age of DVDs "Beyond Tomorrow" would soon find a new life, and would appear on any of a number of DVDs from various film studios. Most of these DVDs, regardless of price, would use the same source material, mainly the print stored at the Library of Congress as part of it's copyright deposit collection. The film print that most people are used to is very dark, with cuts and splices throughout.

In 2005 the film was put out in a colorized verison on DVD. The distributer of the film is listed as 20th Century Fox, however the film was colorized by a different company. The colorization, though a major improvement over techniques used in the 1980s, still has its limitations. The color is muddy, very unrealistic, and even distracting. The print that they colorized, while a different print then the ones used on most other DVD releases of this film, was still poor, and that is reflected in the colorized version. Additionally several short scenes were cut from the color verison, but these scenes are included as "deleted scenes" on the DVD. Had these scenes been left in the film the movie would have made a bit better sense.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 May 1940 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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