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Next Time We Love (1936)

A young married couple's relationship becomes strained when he is assigned overseas as a foreign correspondent and she becomes a major stage star.


Edward H. Griffith


Melville Baker (screenplay), Ursula Parrott (story "Say Goodbye Again")


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Drama | Romance







Release Date:

30 January 1936 (USA) See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 29, 1951 with James Stewart reprising his film role. See more »


Cicely Hunt Tyler: If it hadn't been for Kit, I don't think I would have been altogether faithful to your memory.
Christopher Tyler: You know. I had made up my mind I wasn't going to ask you that. I was never so glad to hear anything in my life.
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Alternate Versions

Current prints of this film feature the Universal logo created in late 1936, and say "The New Universal Presents". That is because they were made after studio founder Carl Laemmle was ousted from Universal Studios and the takeover of the studio by a new conglomerate. The picture was actually released before Laemmle left. That is why the "The End" credit features an airplane circling the globe, the logo that Universal used while Laemmle was in power. See more »


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Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish): 1st movement
Music by Robert Schumann
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Two career-minded people moving in opposite directions.
6 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Among all of Jimmy Stewart's films, "Next Time We Love" is among the more obscure...even though there is some really terrific acting in it as well as three top actors (Margaret Sullavan, Jimmy Stewart and Ray Milland). As far as why it's not a popular film, I have a strong guess....it's not a particularly enjoyable picture and you have a hard time really caring about the characters.

The story itself is a great illustration of the old saying, "Act in haste, repent at leisure". This is because Cicely and Chris (Sullavan and Stewart) meet and decide to get married only a few days later. It's clearly an impulsive move and even before the honeymoon it's clear this will NOT be an easy marriage. Chris is a newspaper correspondent and likes the idea of traveling the world to report the news. This is clearly NOT a career conducive to a great marriage. But to make it worse, Cicely soon takes up acting and she likes it...and it pays well. In fact, when Chris loses a job, she carries them. This SHOULD make them happy but it doesn't. After all, it's the 1930s and a man, a 'real man', was expected to be the bread-winner and a wife was to stay home, make babies and wait for her man to come home from work--which was impossible with being a correspondent and her being an actress. So, years pass and Chris roams the world while Cicely becomes famous...and they barely have any time for each other. Both have created their own separate lives...and all the while, their good friend Tommy (Milland) is there to help Cicely...and soon it becomes apparent Tommy wants to be more than just a friend.

So basically you have two strong-willed people who are more concerned with their careers than each other...something hardly the stuff of a romance or fun film. In many ways, I wonder how much this story was influenced by the Hollywood life...and broken marriages. Either way, the acting is stupendous (particularly by Sullavan)...but the film is still unpleasant and not particularly involving for me. As for me, I just wanted to slap them both and tell them to grow up! After all, they had a child and yet they seemed a bit childish themselves.

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