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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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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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Country:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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

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Pleasantly eschewing the logical in favor of the sentimental.
14 December 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

In this elaborately scripted fantasy, when three aging businessmen are unexpectedly left without guests on Christmas Eve, each tosses a wallet including a ten dollar bill from a window in hopes that someone honest will return one, and be asked to dinner, to make their holiday less lonely. Two of the three billfolds are returned, by a young man (Richard Carlson) and a young woman (Jean Parker) whose lives are acutely changed as they are welcomed not only to the table of the three gentlemen but also into their hearts and those of their two retainers (Maria Ouspenskaya and Alex Melesh). The young pair quite appropriately fall in love, only to have their beatitude marred when their sage benefactors die in a plane crash, but when the three promptly return to their town manse as apparitions, a bittersweet tale unfolds when Jimmy, the young man, falls prey to a siren (Helen Vinson) and the trio (C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Harry Carey) in their belief that they will not be received in Heaven until they assist the lad in untangling himself from the vixen, set out to do so. After two of the spirits wend their way to Elysium, the last (Winninger) decides to remain within the shadow of Earth, swooping about while attempting to assist his young former charges with their romantic travails. All boils down to an eminently satisfactory ending, with fine work by those involved, including splendid editing by Otto Ludwig and top-drawer art direction by Stephen Goosson, while cast member Ouspenskaya, as a noble émigré from Russia, is especially effective in this amiable film.


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