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There's Always Tomorrow
     

There's Always Tomorrow

Director: Douglas Sirk, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett

Cast: Douglas Sirk, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett

 
There's Always Tomorrow is a remake of a 1934 film of the same name. Fred MacMurray is a toy company executive whose wife (Joan Bennett) and kids (Gigi Perreau, William Reynolds and Judy Nugent) take him for granted. Barbara Stanwyck is Fred's former girlfriend, whose own business activities result in a surprise reunion. MacMurray falls back in love with

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There's Always Tomorrow is a remake of a 1934 film of the same name. Fred MacMurray is a toy company executive whose wife (Joan Bennett) and kids (Gigi Perreau, William Reynolds and Judy Nugent) take him for granted. Barbara Stanwyck is Fred's former girlfriend, whose own business activities result in a surprise reunion. MacMurray falls back in love with Stanwyck and prepares to leave his family. MacMurray's children go to Stanwyck and politely ask her to back off. She does so, and MacMurray's wife Bennett, who's been out of town during all this, is none the wiser. In the original There's Always Tomorrow, the male and female leads (Frank Morgan and Binnie Barnes) were farther apart age-wise, making their brief encounter all the more poignant.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Director Douglas Sirk tends to inspire mixed reactions from viewers. Many hail him as a visionary who used the gloss and surface texture of 1950s melodrama to create a surprisingly personal vision, while others find his films treacly, sudsy, and manipulative. There's Always Tomorrow won't change anyone's opinion of the director; it's typical Sirk, although shot stunningly in black-and-white rather than in the gorgeous color usually associated with him. (It doesn't make a difference; Russell Metty's cinematography is still stunning, playing with shadows and light to marvelous effect and indulging Sirk's fondness for windows and doors.) The story is pure melodrama, but it does provide an interestingly subversive look into the sorrow and desperation beneath the happy surface of Middle America in the 1950s. The quiet death that Fred MacMurray's character is actually quite affecting, and had the studio let Sirk keep his original ending -- in which the robot toy that is a symbol for MacMurray's manipulated life falls off a table and kicks helplessly on the floor -- the film might have packed an even greater punch. MacMurray does very fine work here, movingly portraying a good husband and father whose family is slowly strangling the life out of him, and Barbara Stanwyck hits all the right notes as the woman who could save him. Tomorrow doesn't hit the heights of prime Sirk like Magnificent Obsession, due to the familiarity and predictability of its screenplay, but it's a good little wallow for regular viewers and a treat for Sirk aficionados.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2015
UPC:
0025192194641
Original Release:
1956
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
16,260

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Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Norma Miller Vale
Fred MacMurray Clifford Groves
Joan Bennett Marion Groves
William Reynolds Vinnie Groves
Judy Nugent Frankie Groves
Gigi Perreau Ellen Groves
Jane Darwell Mrs. Rogers
Race Gentry Bob
Myrna Hansen Ruth
Paul Smith Bellboy
Helen Kleeb Miss Walker
Jane Howard Flower Girl
Frances Mercer Ruth Doran
Dorothy Bruce Sales Manager
Hermine Sterler Tourist's Wife
Fred Nurney Tourist
Jean Byron Saleswoman
June Clayworth Actor
Hal Smith Bartender
Bert Holland Clerk
Vonne Lester Junior Executive
Lorelei Vitek Bit
Pat Crowley Ann
Ross Hunter Extra
Jack Lomas Pianist
Louise Lorimer Chic Lady with Dog
Carlyle Mitchell Mr. Carl
James Rawley Foreman
Sheila Bromley Woman from Pasadena
Mack Williams Norma's Hotel Clerk

Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Ross Hunter Producer
Joseph E. Kenny Asst. Director
Russell Metty Cinematographer
William Morgan Editor
Jay A. Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Orbom Art Director
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Bernard Schoenfeld Screenwriter
Herman Stein Score Composer

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