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Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | January 1946 (USA)
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An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man.


Irving Pichel


Gwen Bristow (by), Lenore J. Coffee (screen play) (as Lenore Coffee)
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Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Elizabeth Hamilton
Orson Welles ... John Andrew MacDonald / Erik Kessler
George Brent ... Lawrence Hamilton
Lucile Watson ... Aunt Jessica Hamilton (as Lucille Watson)
Richard Long ... Drew Hamilton
Natalie Wood ... Margaret Ludwig
John Wengraf ... Dr. Ludwig
Sonny Howe ... Brian Hamilton
Ian Wolfe ... Norton
Joyce Mackenzie ... Cherry Davis (as Joyce MacKenzie)


Elizabeth and John say goodbye as John leaves to go to war. When World War I ends, Elizabeth receives a telegram that John has been killed in action. She finds comfort in Larry and they marry. John returns 20 years later, disfigured, with a new identity, Erik, and an adopted daughter, Margaret. John/Erik and Elizabeth accidentally meet and he learns that he has a son, Drew. John must then decide whether or not to reveal his true identity. Written by Kelly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


WITHIN A WOMAN'S HEART - YESTERDAY is gone.... TODAY cannot last.... and only TOMORROW is forever! See more »


Drama | Romance | War


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This was Richard Long's film debut. See more »


Lucile Watson's name is misspelled "Lucille" in the opening credits. See more »


Drew Hamilton: When a new world is being born, nothing can stop it - and that's what's happening. A new world is being born. You have to make up your mind. Do you want to help it along or hold it back?
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Referenced in Wild River (1960) See more »


Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Powell
Played during the opening scene
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Tomorrow Can Be Wonderfully Forever ***1/2
25 March 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

This excellent 1946 vehicle provides Orson Welles with a role that he is most sympathetic with. Married to Claudette Colbert in this film, he is soon declared missing and dead. Colbert quickly remarries a wealthy gentleman who is most sympathetic when this apparent tragedy strikes.

Fast forward 20 years. By chance, Colbert comes across Welles in a new disguise. This is all coming about as World War 11 will envelop Europe. It appears that Welles was not killed off during World War 1, but merely was missing and apparently suffering from amnesia.

The film becomes a heartbreak after this. Both Colbert and Welles really are conflicted here. She suspects that he realizes his true identity now and he realizes that the son she bore is his.

Both Colbert and Welles put on some very fine acting here in this film where you had better have plenty of handkerchiers available.

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English | German

Release Date:

January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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