After Tomorrow (1932)

70 or 79 mins | Melodrama | 13 March 1932

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Sonya Levien

Cinematographer:

James Wong Howe

Editor:

Margaret Clancy

Production Designer:

William Darling

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Josephine Hull was also in the Broadway production of the play. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Fox bought the motion picture rights to the play, which was a hit on Broadway, one month after it opened. Their contract with the writers of the play stipulated that the film could not be released before Feb 1932, so as not to compete with the run of the stage production. Actor William Collier, Sr. was listed in early credit sheets for additional dialogue, but it was decided by Fox executives that his name in this capacity should be removed from the credits before the film's ... More Less

Josephine Hull was also in the Broadway production of the play. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Fox bought the motion picture rights to the play, which was a hit on Broadway, one month after it opened. Their contract with the writers of the play stipulated that the film could not be released before Feb 1932, so as not to compete with the run of the stage production. Actor William Collier, Sr. was listed in early credit sheets for additional dialogue, but it was decided by Fox executives that his name in this capacity should be removed from the credits before the film's release. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
6 Mar 32
p. 10.
Harrison's Reports
12 Mar 32
p. 43.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 32
p. 3.
International Photographer
Mar 32
p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Jan 32
p. 64.
Motion Picture Herald
5 Mar 32
p. 63.
New York Times
7 Mar 32
p. 13.
Variety
8 Mar 32
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Frank Borzage Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play After Tomorrow by John Golden and Hugh Stange (New York, 26 Aug 1931).
SONGS
"All the World Will Smile Again After Tomorrow," words and music by James Hanley.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 March 1932
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 4 March 1932
Production Date:
21 December 1931--21 January 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 February 1932
Copyright Number:
LP2881
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 79
Length(in feet):
7,100
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Totally in love with each other and seemingly oblivious to the marital strife in evidence wherever they go, Peter Piper and Sidney Taylor, who work in different offices in the Empire State Building and live in the same neighborhood, have been saving for three years to get married. Because Pete's doting mother, who is jealous of his affection for Sidney, has insisted that she cannot live with them if they marry, they have not been able to wed as Pete has not been able to afford to buy an additional home for himself and Sidney. Sidney's mother Elsie, who is dissatisfied as the wife of a mild-mannered, unassuming insurance saleman, whom she calls a "jellyfish," has begun an affair with their boarder, Mal Jarvis. Elsie urges Sidney to drop Pete and marry someone with money and ambition. After Sidney has a bitter argument with Mrs. Piper when she spies lip rouge on her son, they reconcile, and when Pete is promoted to saleman, he and Sidney plan their wedding. During a rehearsal the day before the wedding is to take place, Jarvis tells Elsie that they must leave the country that night because he took some of his bank's money for speculation and federal examiners have arrived to investigate. When Sidney argues with her mother about Jarvis, Elsie hurts her deeply by revealing that she never wanted a child and that she was never in love with her husband Willie. Elsie tries to apologize to Sidney before she leaves. When Willie finds Elsie's goodbye note, he has a heart attack. Sidney and Pete use their marriage fund for Willie's doctors and hospitalization costs and put ... +


Totally in love with each other and seemingly oblivious to the marital strife in evidence wherever they go, Peter Piper and Sidney Taylor, who work in different offices in the Empire State Building and live in the same neighborhood, have been saving for three years to get married. Because Pete's doting mother, who is jealous of his affection for Sidney, has insisted that she cannot live with them if they marry, they have not been able to wed as Pete has not been able to afford to buy an additional home for himself and Sidney. Sidney's mother Elsie, who is dissatisfied as the wife of a mild-mannered, unassuming insurance saleman, whom she calls a "jellyfish," has begun an affair with their boarder, Mal Jarvis. Elsie urges Sidney to drop Pete and marry someone with money and ambition. After Sidney has a bitter argument with Mrs. Piper when she spies lip rouge on her son, they reconcile, and when Pete is promoted to saleman, he and Sidney plan their wedding. During a rehearsal the day before the wedding is to take place, Jarvis tells Elsie that they must leave the country that night because he took some of his bank's money for speculation and federal examiners have arrived to investigate. When Sidney argues with her mother about Jarvis, Elsie hurts her deeply by revealing that she never wanted a child and that she was never in love with her husband Willie. Elsie tries to apologize to Sidney before she leaves. When Willie finds Elsie's goodbye note, he has a heart attack. Sidney and Pete use their marriage fund for Willie's doctors and hospitalization costs and put the wedding off. Six months later, Willie and Mrs. Piper bitterly blame each other for their children's inability to marry. After seeing Pete sitting with a sexy co-worker who has designs on him, Sidney offers to go away with him for a "holiday" to alleviate his sex urge. She is relieved when Pete refuses, but when Mrs. Piper urges her to set Pete free, she decides that the situation is hopeless and tells Pete. After Jarvis' speculation has paid off, Elsie returns and tries to give Willie a bond for Sidney, but he pridefully refuses it. Pete then learns that the $100 investment he made with a widower who has been courting his mother, is now worth $740. He tells Sidney that tomorrow really will be their big day, and they soon honeymoon at Niagara Falls. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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