Beyond Tomorrow (May 10, 1940)
Released on May 10, 1940: (running time 1 hour and 24 minutes) Two lonely people in New York City are introduced to each other by three elderly wealthy men on Christmas Eve.
Produced by Lee Garmes
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland
Written by Adele Comandini from a story by Mildred Cram
The Actors: Harry Carey (George Vale Melton), C. Aubrey Smith (Allan 'Chad' Chadwick), Charles Winninger (Michael O'Brien), Alex Melesh (Josef the butler), Maria Ouspenskaya (Madame Tanya), Helen Vinson (Arlene Terry), Rod La Rocque (Phil Hubert, radio producer), Richard Carlson (James Houston), Jean Parker (Jean Lawrence), J. Anthony Hughes (Police Officer Johnson), Robert Homans (Police Sergeant), Virginia McMullen (radio station secretary), James Bush (Jace Taylor), William Bakewell (David Chadwick), Gino Corrado (Alfonso the cook), Nell Craig (Suzie the stenographer), Cyril Ring (man reporting no hoope for the crash victims), Gertrude Sutton (Twitchell, the clinic nurse), Ruth Warren (Arlene's maid), Dan White (gas station attendant), Hank Worden (Hospital visitor)
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A Christmas Romantic Ghost Story
Three wealthy businessmen live in a Park Avenue home with Madam Tanya and the servants, and we will join them on Christmas Eve. The household is preparing for special guests, but their dinner guests cancel at the last moment.
One of the three wealthy men decides to have some fun, and they each put a ten-dollar bill in an empty wallet and throw the wallets out of the window to the busy New York street below. They bet each other whether any of the wallets will be returned to them by an honest soul.
One wallet is returned by a young Texan in New York who is stranded without the money to get back home. Another of the wallets is then returned by a young lady who is spending Christmas alone because her family and home is in New Hampshire.
The lonely Texan and the shy girl from New Hampshire are invited to share Christmas Eve dinner with the men, and it seems that these two are destined for each other. But of course, there is trouble ahead.
The three elderly businessmen need to fly to Pittsburgh to check on a steel business, but their plane goes down and they are killed. They appear back at their home as ghosts, and they watch over and discuss the budding relationship of the young couple. Jimmy Texas, the young man, gets the opportunity to sing on a big New York radio station broadcast that will be heard around the country. At the radio station, Jimmy bumps into a young beautiful Broadway star, and we can see the beginnings of a disastrous love triangle coming.
Jimmy’s future seems to be with Broadway stars, and the three ghosts are afraid he will lose his innocent ways and his lovely girlfriend because of his growing fame and fortune. George (Harry Carey), is having trouble with the afterlife because of a controversial event he was involved in during his life, and is called away from the other two ghosts to meet his fate, and it doesn't look like it will be very good.
Later the second gent is taken to his reward by his son, who died during World War II. Meanwhile, our young couple drifts further and further apart as Jimmy’s radio and Broadway career keep him close to the beautiful star and away from his Christmas Eve girlfriend, who is heart-sick over it.
Jimmy and the Broadway star take off for a weekend alone in the country before rehearsing for a new show, and are followed by her ex-husband, who is drunk and carrying a loaded pistol. Her ex-husband is out for revenge against his ex-wife and her new man, Jimmy Texas, and the bullets will fly with disastrous results.
This Christmas Story, like most good tales, must explore the darkness of destruction before the dawn of enduring love. Death is a frequent visitor to this story. For me, I am not so much afraid of reaching the day I die, as much as I am of not living every moment until then. How about you? Pop a bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show . . . you'll have a ghost of a good time!
Alex Melesh and Charles Winninger
C. Aubrey Smith
C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey
C. Aubrey Smith
Catherine the cook
Charles Winninger and C. Aubrey Smith
Charles Winninger and Maria Ouspenskaya
Harry Carey and Charles Winninger
Helen Vinson and Richard Carlson
Jean Parker, C. Aubrey Smith and Richard Carlson
Jean Parker and C. Aubrey Smith
Jean Parker and Gertrude Sutton
Jean Parker and Maria Ouspenskaya
Jean Parker listens to her radio
Jimmy Texas and Michael O'Brien face their destiny
Maria Ouspenskaya and Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson and Harry Carey
Richard Carlson and J. Anthony Hughes
Richard Carlson singing on the radio
Rod La Rocque and Helen Vinson
Rod La Rocque
Virginia McMullen and Richard Carlson