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If Tomorrow Comes (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | TV Movie 7 December 1971
A white Californian girl and her new Japanese-American husband must keep their recent marriage secret in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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George McCowan

Writer:

Lew Hunter
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Eileen Phillips
Frank Michael Liu ... David Tayanaka (as Frank Liu)
Anne Baxter ... Miss Cramer
James Whitmore ... Frank Phillips
Pat Hingle ... Sheriff
Mako ... Tadashi
John McLiam ... Father Miller
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Midori
Michael McGreevey ... Harlan Phillips
Kay Stewart Kay Stewart ... Helen Phillips
Bennett Ohta Bennett Ohta ... Hachiro
Bert Remsen ... Coslow
Michael Fox ... Judge
Frank Hotchkiss Frank Hotchkiss ... Lieutenant
Ron Stokes Ron Stokes ... Corporal
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In California, a young Caucasian girl and a Japanese-American boy defy local prejudices and secretly marry--on Dec. 7, 1941, minutes before Pearl Harbor is attacked. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Glass Hammer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was originally telecast on the thirtieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It is a retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story See more »

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Have a box of tissues nearby when you watch this one.
26 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"If Tomorrow Comes" was a made for TV movie that dealt with the prejudices against Japanese-Americans that came to a head when WWII arrived. It's a very sad film but important one, as it's important we learn from the events of this time period.

When the film begins, Eileen (Patty Duke) and her parents have just moved to California just before the United States became involved in WWII. She soon meets a nice Japanese-American guy, David (Frank Michael Liu) and they have a lot in common. But because he's not a white guy, they decide to start meeting in secret. After a while, they decide to marry and intend to tell their respective families about this. Unfortunately, their timing stinks because that same morning they marry, the war begins! Now they are afraid to tell anyone and keep waiting for the right time. But in the meantime, prejudices against the Japanese-Americans explode and laws are enacted taking away their rights and freedom. What's to become of the couple?

This is a hard film to watch, as prejudices are nasty and painful...but thank goodness films like this were made to remind us of our past. Well made and very reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet in many ways.

By the way, like too many films, the 'young people' in this movie are far from being young! Patty Duke's supposed to be in high school and she's 24 but even worse is Mako who also is supposed to be about that age...and he was nearing 40!


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