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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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Christmas See more »

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Academy Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George Melton: [talking with Michael O'Brien] Be born innocent it's natural, but to die pure of heart, that's a gift.
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Sentimental Sweet Melodrama
18 November 2013 | by SylSee all my reviews

I really wanted to see Maria Oupenskaya, a Russian American actress, who trained Ruth White among others. Tragically she died in a fire. This film is the first I was able to see. Back in the studio system days, films like this were done quickly and more efficiently. If anything, the quality of writing isn't great. Still the cast do a terrific job with the script. The Christmas dinner and party was delightful to watch. The tragic loss of the three elderly wealthy men who return as spirits who guide the young honest couple back to each other. The film might have quality issues with the DVD. Still the film is worth seeing at least once and should be aired around the Christmas holidays.


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