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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

Anthony Trimble Promfret was born in 1848. 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

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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Soundtracks

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Sung in the air raid shelter
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This Old House
28 May 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This is the saga of a house handed down from generation to generation and the stories of each of the owners. The episodes range from good to better-than-good, but the value here is in the all-star cast; virtually any famous or near-famous British star from the 30's and 40's is in this picture, and even a few 'Yanks'. The nominal stars are Kent Smith and Ruth Warrick, she the present (1942) tenant. He stops in to sell it, and they swap stories about the different owners throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

In all, seven directors and 21 writers are given credit for working on the film, as well as 79 actors and actresses. It is a "sentimental story with some amusing and affecting passages, but as the story is somewhat hackneyed it is well-served by some superb performances" (Bosley Crowther, NY Times, 3/43). But I think to arrive at the most satisfactory effect one should necessarily be from the Sceptered Isle. I am a 'Yank' and didn't get that effect, but it was still good entertainment. It was shown at the Columbus,O. Cinevent, 5/12.


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