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When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 August 1939 (USA)
A concert pianist unhappily married to a mentally ill woman falls in love with a waitress.

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

James M. Cain (story "A Modern Cinderella"), Dwight Taylor (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Helen Lawrence
Charles Boyer ... Philippe Andre Chagal
Barbara O'Neil ... Madeleine Chagal
Onslow Stevens ... Jim Holden
Nydia Westman ... Lulu
Nella Walker ... Betty Dumont
Fritz Feld ... Nicholas
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Storyline

Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress. Unhappily married to a woman who suffers from mental illness, he is attracted to her and they make a date to go sailing, arriving at Philip's country home just as a storm is breaking. Helen learns who he is for the first time, a celebrated-and-famous concert pianist and, falling in love with him, decides to leave before matters go further. A hurricane hits and their car is crippled by a falling tree. Rising water forces then to seek shelter in the choir loft of a church, where they spend the night. They are rescued in the morning and Helen meets Philip's wife, and learns their story. Helen and Philip meet once more, and Philip sails to Europe with his wife but promises to come back some day. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Modern Cinderella See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The hurricane scenes were inspired by the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, which struck Long Island the year before this movie was made. See more »

Connections

Remade as Interlude (1968) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
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Played by the busboys at the labor meeting
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A muffled cry in front of an unbreakable wall
22 August 2018 | by remixamSee all my reviews

The final sequence haunts me (obviously above reason). I cannot understand how the scene could be analyzed purely in relation with spatial organization, performances, or script's expectations, as a whole or each part separately. Moreover, if there is any style here, it dissolves in pure abstraction. The scene is mainly a single medium shot of both actors sitting side by side at a table. Two glasses and a bottle of wine on the table. Two candles at both front corners, delimiting the shot's borders. That's about all. Charles Boyer was Charles Boyer, and Irene Dunne, Irene Dunne. I do not trust the additive value of the summation of all aforementioned elements. I cannot understand my astonishment but in this distinct feeling of both renunciation and uprooting, which leaves its mark on all scenes, in the short breath of the suffocating voices, in the petrified bodies that do not belong to this world, in the icy ridges of a frame with no way out. The voice is here a muffled cry in front of an unbreakable wall.


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