Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas) (1940)
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It sometimes happens in film that how the thing gets done and comes together is better than the planned intent. Herein is a case for the opposite. It goes all over the map thematically when it intends to be the sort of pre-WW11 Christmas tale Hollywood churned out quite regularly, losing focus, and your interest, when holding it was the aim. Fortunately it is staffed by a cadre of seasoned professional character actors who share the lead (and the rationale to see this) who do not lose focus and carry the piece home. Chief amongst them: the ever radiant Maria Oupenskaya as the female glue in a household of grumpy, dissenting old men.
Yes, you'll groan at some of the obvious manipulations thrown at you, but the craft of these vets maintaining a lesser product is still worthwhile.
For a film about pureness of heart the film has a lot of dark edges. Enjoyable performances from three very good character actors, Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith and Charles Winninger.
Film 18 is an awesome 1940 Black and White Film that I never heard of until I rented it blindly. Its about 3 Millionaires who really have nothing to do on Christmas eve so they put ten dollars in wallets and throw them out the window onto a NY City Street to see if there is honest people in the world, 1 wallet is returned by a Texan, The Other by a young female from VT, they put this couple together, and then the 3 Millionaires are killed in a plane crash and they come back to help the couple. A great Christmas Story. 4 1/2 stars
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