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Beyond Tomorrow (May 10, 1940)

Beyond Tomorrow
 

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

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 that also contains their business card, 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 visiting New York who is stranded without the money to get back home. Another of the wallets is 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 young people 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.

Ghost 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 ghost is taken to his reward by his son, who died recently while fighting in World War II. Meanwhile, our young couple drifts further and further apart with another Christmas Eve approaching, and their love for each other seems to be at an end. The ghosts have their own problems, while trying to help this young couple who should be together, but are not.

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
Alex Melesh
Alex Melesh and Charles Winninger
Alex Melesh and Charles Winninger
Alex Melesh
Alex Melesh
C. Aubrey Smith
C. Aubrey Smith
C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey
C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey
C. Aubrey Smith
C. Aubrey Smith
Catherine the cook
Catherine the cook
Charles Winninger and C. Aubrey Smith
Charles Winninger and C. Aubrey Smith
Charles Winninger and Maria Ouspenskaya
Charles Winninger and Maria Ouspenskaya
Charles Winninger
Charles Winninger
Gino Corrado
Gino Corrado
Hank Worden
Hank Worden
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Harry Carey and Charles Winninger
Harry Carey and Charles Winninger
Helen Vinson and Richard Carlson
Helen Vinson and Richard Carlson
Jean Parker, C. Aubrey Smith and Richard Carlson
Jean Parker, C. Aubrey Smith and Richard Carlson
Jean Parker and C. Aubrey Smith
Jean Parker and C. Aubrey Smith
Jean Parker and Gertrude Sutton
Jean Parker and Gertrude Sutton
Jean Parker and Maria Ouspenskaya
Jean Parker and Maria Ouspenskaya
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Jean Parker listens to her radio
Jean Parker listens to her radio
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Jimmy Texas and Michael O'Brien face their destiny
Jimmy Texas and Michael O'Brien face their destiny
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya and Richard Carlson
Maria Ouspenskaya and Richard Carlson
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya
Nell Craig
Nell Craig
Richard Carlson and Harry Carey
Richard Carlson and Harry Carey
Richard Carlson and J. Anthony Hughes
Richard Carlson and J. Anthony Hughes
Richard Carlson singing on the radio
Richard Carlson singing on the radio
Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson
Rod La Rocque and Helen Vinson
Rod La Rocque and Helen Vinson
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Rod La Rocque
Rod La Rocque
Ruth Warren
Ruth Warren
Virginia McMullen and Richard Carlson
Virginia McMullen and Richard Carlson
Virginia McMullen
Virginia McMullen