The Man from Yesterday (1932)

68 or 70 mins | Drama | 1 July 1932

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HISTORY

According to a modern source the play, also known as The Best of Us , was based on a story by Nell Blackwell. Early scripts in the Paramount story files at the AMPAS library are called The Woman of Flame and list Robert Harris as associate producer. In the cast credits, Alan Mowbray's name was misspelled as ... More Less

According to a modern source the play, also known as The Best of Us , was based on a story by Nell Blackwell. Early scripts in the Paramount story files at the AMPAS library are called The Woman of Flame and list Robert Harris as associate producer. In the cast credits, Alan Mowbray's name was misspelled as "Allan." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
25 Jun 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Jun 32
p. 25.
New York Times
27 Jun 32
p. 20.
Variety
28 Jun 32
p. 14.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Woman of Flame
Release Date:
1 July 1932
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 24 June 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 June 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3107
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 70
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In 1918, in Paris, with the war raging overhead, American Sylvia Suffolk and British officer Tony Clyde are married. They spend only a few hours together before Tony leaves for the front. Sometime later, Tony is gassed and left for dead near the trenches, and Sylvia, pregnant with his child, receives news of his death while working as a nurse for surgeon Rene Gaudin. Tony, however, is still alive and is taken as a prisoner of war. Sylvia, meanwhile, is taken back to Paris by Rene, who sees that she is well sustained. Armistice is declared, and a few years later, Sylvia leaves her son with a nurse and vacations in Switzerland with Rene. They have fallen in love, but as she has received no official news of Tony's death, Sylvia is reluctant to marry again. To their surprise, Rene and Sylvia find Tony convalescing in Switzerland. His loyal friend, Steve Hand, whom he met while they were prisoners, has been taking care of him. In hopes of finding Sylvia again, Tony has survived through a regimented health routine, but his lungs are severely damaged from the gas. Believing her duty is to Tony, Sylvia leaves Rene and brings Tony to Paris to meet his son. Sylvia's forced cheerfulness is undermined by her reluctance to engage in any physical affection with Tony, and he compels her to confess that she is still in love with Rene. Seeing no purpose to his life, Tony drinks himself to ... +


In 1918, in Paris, with the war raging overhead, American Sylvia Suffolk and British officer Tony Clyde are married. They spend only a few hours together before Tony leaves for the front. Sometime later, Tony is gassed and left for dead near the trenches, and Sylvia, pregnant with his child, receives news of his death while working as a nurse for surgeon Rene Gaudin. Tony, however, is still alive and is taken as a prisoner of war. Sylvia, meanwhile, is taken back to Paris by Rene, who sees that she is well sustained. Armistice is declared, and a few years later, Sylvia leaves her son with a nurse and vacations in Switzerland with Rene. They have fallen in love, but as she has received no official news of Tony's death, Sylvia is reluctant to marry again. To their surprise, Rene and Sylvia find Tony convalescing in Switzerland. His loyal friend, Steve Hand, whom he met while they were prisoners, has been taking care of him. In hopes of finding Sylvia again, Tony has survived through a regimented health routine, but his lungs are severely damaged from the gas. Believing her duty is to Tony, Sylvia leaves Rene and brings Tony to Paris to meet his son. Sylvia's forced cheerfulness is undermined by her reluctance to engage in any physical affection with Tony, and he compels her to confess that she is still in love with Rene. Seeing no purpose to his life, Tony drinks himself to death. +

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