Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)





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Tomorrow is Forever was adapted by Lenore Coffee from the novel by Gwen Bristow. The blissful marriage between John (Orson Welles) and Elizabeth (Claudette Colbert) comes to an abrupt end when John is listed as missing and presumed dead in WWI. After a respectable period of mourning, Elizabeth, now a single mother, marries chemical-plant executive Larry Hamilton (George Brent), by whom she has a daughter, Margaret (Natalie Wood, in her first major film role). Twenty years later, a refugee Austrian chemist named Erich Kessler is hired by Hamilton. Kessler turns out to be the long-missing John, now suffering from amnesia, his face completely reconstructed by plastic surgery. Upon ascertaining Kessler's true identity, Elizabeth is faced with the sort of devastating dilemma indigenous to glossy soap operas of this nature. The film's central conflict arises from John/Erich's opposition to his grown son Drew's (Richard Long) participation in WW2. At the time of the film's release, publicists for Tomorrow is Forever paid more attention to Claudette Colbert's 18 costume changes than to Orson Welles' virtuoso performance in what amounted to a dual role.
Drama , Romance
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Claudette Colbert
as Elizabeth Hamilton
George Brent
as Lawrence Hamilton
Orson Welles
as John Andrew MacDonald / Erik Kessler
Lucile Watson
as Aunt Jessica Hamilton
Natalie Wood
as Margaret
Sonny Howe
as Brian
John Wengraf
as Dr. Ludwig
Ian Wolfe
as Norton
Douglas Wood
as Charles Hamilton
Tom Wirick
as Pudge
Lane Watson
as Hamilton's secretary
Michael Ward
as Baby Drew
Jesse Graves
as Servant
Louis Austin
as Receptionist
Lois Austin
as Receptionist
Anne Loos
as Freckle-Faced Nurse
Thomas Louden
as Englishman on Ship
Charles D. Brown
as Immigration Officer
Milton Kibbee
as Postman
Anne Howard
as Girl Friend
Marguerite Campbell
as Girl Friend
Betty Greco
as Girl Friend
Bobby Brooks Quartet
as Girl Friend
Barbara Bletcher
as Girl Friend
Lane Chandler
as Technician
Boyd Irwin
as Dr. Callan
Milt Kibbee
as Postman
Evan Thomas
as Ship Doctor
Thomas Lockyear
as Englishman on ship
Buster Phelps
as Fraternity boy
Frank Wyrick
as Fraternity Boy
Irving Pichel
as Commentator
Bill Dyer
as Fraternity Boy
Nena Ruth
as Girl
Jessie Grayson
as Servant
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Critic Reviews for Tomorrow Is Forever

All Critics (2)

A weepie family drama tailor-made for Douglas Sirk that is ably but too rationally directed by Irving Pichel.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
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June 23, 2005

Audience Reviews for Tomorrow Is Forever

Nice little tear jerker with Welles and Colbert at the top of their game and little Natalie Wood Stealing every scene she's in. Well written and directed.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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Tomorrow is forever. John and Elizabeth are in love but John leaves for war. Elizabeth receives word John has died and remarries a man named Larry and they have a child. One day John returns home disfigured and sees his son, Drew. He must decide whether he wants to reveal his true identity or just help the family indirectly and watch over them from afar. "You call this being alive?" Irving Pinchel, director of She, Martin Luther, Destination Moon, The Most Dangerous Game, The Bride Wore Boots, and Temptation, delivers Tomorrow is Forever. The storyline for this picture is very good and has a wonderful classic feel to it. The acting is first rate and the cast includes Orson Wells, Natalie Wood, Claudette Colbert, and Richard Long. "He said I'll come back. I promise I'll come back." "They all say that." I came across this on Fios and decided to DVR it off Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This was a great film and definitely worth a viewing. I thoroughly enjoyed this masterpiece from beginning to end and strongly recommend viewing. "You torture yourself." Grade: A

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

two good things about this one 1) Orson Welles with a beard and 2) it revived his career after the whole hard knocks of Hollywood. It is ultimately the most melodramatic movie I've seen of Welles and I couldn't help but laugh at how ridiculous it seemed to be at times but the ending was bittersweet.

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