Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow

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Director: Leo McCarey

Cast: Leo McCarey, Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter

     
 

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While not a box-office success, this drama, directed by Leo McCarey, developed a potent reputation among film critics and movie buffs for its sensitive and perceptive treatment of the problems of the elderly. When McCarey won the Oscar for Best Director the same year for The Awful Truth, he remarked that the Academy gave him the award for the wrong movie.…  See more details below

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While not a box-office success, this drama, directed by Leo McCarey, developed a potent reputation among film critics and movie buffs for its sensitive and perceptive treatment of the problems of the elderly. When McCarey won the Oscar for Best Director the same year for The Awful Truth, he remarked that the Academy gave him the award for the wrong movie. Barkley and Lucy Cooper (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) are a couple in their late 60s who have fallen on hard times and have been given the bad news that the bank is foreclosing on their house. Barkley and Lucy turn to their five children for help, but none are willing or able to do much for them; their son George (Thomas Mitchell) says that Lucy can stay with him and his wife Anita (Fay Bainter), while Nellie (Minna Gombell) and her husband Harvey (Porter Hall) can take in Barkley, but neither couple have the space or the means to house them both. Living with their children and their new families proves stressful for everyone involved, and Lucy decides to take up residence in a home for older women. She and Barkley realize that this will probably mean a permanent separation for the two of them, and they try to enjoy one last outing together before they part. Remarkably, Beulah Bondi was only 46 years old when this film was made, making her less then ten years older than several of her on-screen children; make-up wizard Wally Westmore used his bag of tricks to age her the appropriate two decades for the role.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
UPC:
0715515052412
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
27,586

Special Features

Tomorrow, Yesterday and Today, a new video interview featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich discussing the career of Leo McCarey and Make Way for Tomorrow; New video interview with critic Gary Giddins in which he talks about McCarey's artistry and the political and social context of the film

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Moore Barkley 'Pa' Cooper
Beulah Bondi Lucy Cooper
Fay Bainter Anita Cooper
Thomas Mitchell George Cooper
Ray Mayer Robert Cooper
Barbara Read Rhoda Cooper
Louise Beavers Mamie
Gene Morgan Carlton Gorman
Elizabeth Risdon Cora Payne
Ralph M. Remley Bill Payne
George Offerman Richard Payne
Tommy Bupp Jack Payne
Porter Hall Harvey Chase
Minna Gombell Nellie Chase
Maurice Moscovich Max Rubens
Ferike Boros Mrs. Rubens
Nick Lukats Boy Friend
Gene Lockhart Mr. Henning
Louis Jean Heydt Doctor
Ruth Warren Secretary
Dell Henderson Auto salesman
Paul Stanton Hotel manager
Granville Bates Mr. Hunter
Don Brodie Actor
Ralph Brooks Doorman
Ethel Clayton Woman Customer
Helen Dickson Bridge Player
Ralph Lewis Actor
Leo McCarey Man in Overcoat,Carpet Sweeper
Kitty McHugh Head Usherette
Howard Mitchell Letter Carrier
William Newell Ticket Seller
Ted Offenbecker Richard Payne
Phillips Smalley Businessman
Rosemary Theby Woman
Ellen Drew Usherette
Byron Foulger Mr. Dale

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director,Producer
George Antheil Score Composer
Vina Delmar Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
A.E. Freudeman Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Don Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Boris Morros Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
LeRoy Stone Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer
Adolph Zukor Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Make Way for Tomorrow
1. Opening Credits [2:20]
2. Gathering of the Clan [8:24]
3. Pa's Picture [7:12]
4. Bridge Class [10:04]
5. Mr. Rubens [8:56]
6. Facing Facts [9:25]
7. The Patient [8:09]
8. Grandma's Decision [10:41]
9. Five Hours [8:32]
10. The Vogard Hotel [14:14]
11. "It's Been Lovely" [3:59]

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