Now and Forever

Overview

Ne'er-do-well Gary Cooper is so desperate for quick cash that he's willing to sell the custody rights of his own daughter Shirley Temple, whom he's never seen. Cooper's girlfriend Carole Lombard is shocked by this callousness and walks out on him, but when Cooper meets his daughter and has a change of heart, he reclaims the little girl and is reunited with Lombard. Still, Cooper can't hold down a job. Another get-rich-quick scheme ends unhappily when Cooper is forced to participate in a jewel robbery. After ...
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Overview

Ne'er-do-well Gary Cooper is so desperate for quick cash that he's willing to sell the custody rights of his own daughter Shirley Temple, whom he's never seen. Cooper's girlfriend Carole Lombard is shocked by this callousness and walks out on him, but when Cooper meets his daughter and has a change of heart, he reclaims the little girl and is reunited with Lombard. Still, Cooper can't hold down a job. Another get-rich-quick scheme ends unhappily when Cooper is forced to participate in a jewel robbery. After fighting it out with his confederates, the wounded Cooper begs the victim of the robbery, a wealthy and loving woman, to adopt his daughter and give her the sort of life he is unable to provide. Now and Forever would have been mighty turgid stuff without the combined star power of Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, and six-year-old Shirley Temple.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Now and Forever is a rather odd little film, featuring as it does a trio of high-voltage stars in Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, and Shirley Temple, but not really providing them with the kind of roles that exploit their talents to the fullest. Cooper has the hardest time of it; he is basically the quintessential nice guy, essentially forthright and upstanding. Here, he's called upon to be a much more slippery sort, the kind of guy that wants to be able to reform but just can't. Cooper's Jerry Day is too innocent and guileless to have made a career of fraud, and his innate goodness is so clear that the film's dramatic underpinnings come loose. Of course, Cooper's engaging personality makes him fun to spend time with; besides, the film's drama is stilted and unconvincing. Lombard does well, but she's given so very little to do that one wonders why her part wasn't filled by someone more dispensable. Temple comes off best, although ardent fans will probably resent the fact that her role is secondary to Cooper's. Her cuteness is well employed but kept in check; even her "The World Owes Me a Living" doesn't go overboard. She also gets to show that, handled correctly, she was a very fine child actress, demonstrating an exceptional natural talent in her big dramatic scenes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2014
  • UPC: 025192180811
  • Original Release: 1934
  • Source: Universal Mod
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 83,273

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Jerry Day
Carole Lombard Toni Carstairs
Shirley Temple Penelope Day
Guy Standing Felix Evans
Charlotte Granville Mrs. J.P. Clark
Gilbert Emery George Higginson
Henry Kolker Mr. Clark
Tetsu Komai Mr. Ling
Jameson Thomas Chris Carstairs
Harry Stubbs Harry O'Neill
Egon Brecher Doctor
Agostino Borgato Fisherman
Andre Cheron Inspector
Ronnie Cosbey Little Boy
Major Sam Harris Man at Pool
Grace Hayle Lady in Store
Richard Loo Desk Clark
Buster Phelps Boy with Skates
Ynez Seabury Extra
Rolfe Sedan Hotel Manager
Akim Tamiroff French Jeweler
George Webb
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Melville Baker Original Story
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Harry A. Fischbeck Cinematographer
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Leigh Harline Songwriter
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Jack Kirkland Original Story
Vincent Lawrence Screenwriter
Louis D. Lighton Producer
Larry Morey Songwriter
Harry Revel Songwriter
Sylvia Thalberg Screenwriter
Robert Usher Art Director
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