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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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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Christmas See more »

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Production Co:

Academy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2004 under the title "Beyond Christmas". DVD has both the restored B&W version plus a color version of the 1940 movie. See more »

Quotes

Madam Tanya: [When asked by Michael where she's going after staring to walk down bowling alley after bowling down pins] "Don't I have to pick up the bottles?"
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "I believe - - - that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life, respecting its conduct in this."

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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

Good King Wenceslas
(uncredited)
Traditional carol
Modern lyrics by John M. Neale (1853)
Performed by Richard Carlson
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It wears its heart on its sleeve...but there's such conviction in the sentimentality that it plays out honestly
16 November 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A crazy-quilt of drama and emotions, initially with a holiday theme, about three elderly New York businessmen, workaholics who have unintentionally become hermits, finding themselves friendless on Christmas Eve; after throwing their wallets out into the street, they are greeted with two honest souls (a soft-spoken, singing cowboy and a kindergarten teacher) who eventually fall in love...and that's just the beginning of the story! The narrative takes on a bundle of different themes (unexpected death, youthful romance, the cause and effect of success, after-life fantasy), yet the end results are fairly smooth (although, after the forty-minute mark, the picture becomes almost a different movie altogether). Perhaps it wouldn't work so well if not for Charles Winninger's lovely performance as the twinkling Irishman who brings the young folks together. Winninger has a moment late in the proceedings, talking to the heavens, that is both blissfully serene and fraught with emotion--honest emotion, the kind Hollywood sometimes has trouble creating. The film's message is clear--if you give unto others, you're sure to receive--and if that strikes some viewers as corny, so be it. However, the filmmakers do wonders with several ideas which have since become old-hat, and the three codgers are fabulous characters who transcend some of the more obvious plot-developments. In fact, the movie is such a surprise, I would imagine more TV-airings might turn it into a holiday perennial. *** from ****


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