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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 »




Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kirby George Kirby ... Wartime Newspaper Vendor
Doreen Munroe Doreen Munroe ... Wartime Londoner (as Doreen Monroe)
May Beatty ... Wartime Londoner Cook
Connie Leon Connie Leon ... Wartime Londoner
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


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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Brian Aherne, Robert Cummings, Charles Laughton, Ida Lupino, Herbert Marshall, Ray Milland, Anna Neagle, Merle Oberon and 42 more Hollywood Favorites. See more »


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The film takes from 1804 to October 21, 1805, in 1820, in 1846, in 1847, in 1897, in 1907, from October 21 to October 22, 1917, on April 12, 1918, on November 11, 1918 and on March 8, 1941. See more »


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 »


Ned Trimble: Do you have a room with a bath for tonight?
Marjorie Ismay: Well, we have a room, and we have a bathroom.
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Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers
Music by Herman Darewski
played on the piano at the first meeting of Marjorie Ismay and Ned Trimble
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The tragedy of a house and its residents for two centuries
1 February 2020 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is like a cavalcade travelling through history, commencing in Napoleonic times and ending in the Blitz. There are many poignant moments on the way, and the cast contains almost all the best names of the period. Among the most memorable ones are Charles Laughton as a drinking butler, Claude Rains as the only miserable tenant of the house ever, while the real moment of truth is in 1917 when the Americans enter the war. There is a very sensitive scene between Gladys Cooper and Merle Oberon that will stick on your mind for a long time, and Roland Young as the husband with Robert Coote as the blind veteran add to the impression of this scene. The second world war, which provides the beginning and end of the film, comes a little beside the point, since the main issue is the life that all the residents of the two families alternating in peopling the house, bestowed on the house and created a continuity, that not even the second world war could destroy. The message of the film is about continuity, how nothing can change what has been, which will go on forever even if only as memories, which provides quite some food for thought and afterthought. It's a very different film resembling almost none other, except in some ways Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" of 1931, which was something similar, ending in the first world war. This is in the same style and equally touching and profoundly human, which makes it a joy to behold and to remember.

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Release Date:

21 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Changing World See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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