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Forever and a Day (1943)

Approved | | Drama, History | 21 January 1943 (USA)
During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kirby George Kirby ... Wartime Newspaper Vendor
Doreen Munroe Doreen Munroe ... Wartime Londoner (as Doreen Monroe)
May Beatty May Beatty ... Wartime Londoner Cook
Connie Leon Connie Leon ... Wartime Londoner
Joy Harington Joy Harington ... Wartime Bus Conductor (as Joy Harrington)
Kent Smith ... Gates Trimble Pomfret
Ernest Grooney Ernest Grooney ... Hotel Manager
Reginald Gardiner ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Victor McLaglen ... Archibald Spavin
Billy Bevan ... Wartime Cabby
Arthur Treacher ... Second Air Raid Watcher
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... First Cockney Air Raid Watcher
Aubrey Mather ... Man in Air Raid Shelter
Ethel Griffies ... Wife of Man in Air Raid Shelter
June Lockhart ... Girl in Air Raid Shelter
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During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is resolutely against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from its construction in 1804 until the present. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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The Picture With a $1,000,000 Cast See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Changing World See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Adm. Eustace Trimble (played by C. Aubrey Smith) quotes from William Wordsworth's poem "We Must Be Free or Die": "We must be free or die, who speak the tongue / That Shakespeare spoke . . . " (lines 11-12). See more »

Goofs

In the first scene, which takes place on March 8, 1941, a newsboy announces that Germany has invaded Greece. However, the invasion did not begin until April 6, 1941. See more »

Quotes

Gates Trimble Pomfret: [looking at the portrait of his ancestor] Let's build again. He would.
Lesley Trimble: Yes, he would. He built a shelter, decency, dignity, everything a home should stand for. Oh, but he'd want to make sure first none of this would happen again.
Gates Trimble Pomfret: You bet he would. And that's our job... yours and mine.
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Soundtracks

I'd Love to Live in Loveland (With a Girl Like You)
(uncredited)
Written by W. R. Williams
Sung in the air raid shelter
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Forever And A Wonderful Day is True Movie Making ****
25 December 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

This grand 1943 film once again proved that the British were at their best when they kept that stiff upper lip.

This magnificent piece tells the story of a house from its inception in England in 1804 until the German blitzkrieg circa 1940.

Nothing was spared in this provocative film regarding the cast. Practically everyone known in British films is in it and they all shine.

As two people are dickering in selling the house, its rich history is brought back in a series of flashbacks. We go back to the Napoleonic Era and trace the house to Queen Victoria's era, World War 1 and eventually the second world war.

The film provides plenty of heartbreak and sadness but is a definite testament of faith to the British people in the tradition of Mrs. Miniver.


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