Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

84 mins | Drama | 10 May 1940

Writer:

Adele Comandini

Producer:

Lee Garmes

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Otto Ludwig

Production Designer:

Stephen Goosson

Production Company:

Academy Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was And So Goodbye and it was released on DVD under the title Beyond Christmas. After the opening credits, there is a written foreword containing the following quotation from Benjamin Franklin. "I believe--that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life. respecting its conduct in this." According to the Var review, the film was the first picture produced by Lee Garmes' Academy Productions. ...

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The working title of this film was And So Goodbye and it was released on DVD under the title Beyond Christmas. After the opening credits, there is a written foreword containing the following quotation from Benjamin Franklin. "I believe--that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life. respecting its conduct in this." According to the Var review, the film was the first picture produced by Lee Garmes' Academy Productions.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Mar 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
30 Sep 1940
p. 17
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 1939
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
27 Mar 1940
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
30 Mar 1940
pp. 56-62
New York Times
27 Sep 1940
p. 27
Variety
3 Apr 1940
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief elec
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
William Wilmarth
Sd rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Montage
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Casting dir
Publicity
STAND INS
Stand-in for Charles Winninger
SOURCES
SONGS
"It's Raining Dreams," music and lyrics by Harold Spina and Charles Newman.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
And So Goodbye
Beyond Christmas
Release Date:
10 May 1940
Production Date:
began late Nov 1939 at General Service Studios
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Academy Productions, Inc.
6 May 1940
LP9610
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Lenses/Prints
Dupont film, Pathé Laboratories
Duration(in mins):
84
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6106
SYNOPSIS

Engineers and business partners Michael O'Brien, Allan Chadwick, and George Melton are wealthy but lonely old men. Faced with spending Christmas Eve alone in their New York mansion, good-hearted Michael suggests that they drop three wallets, each containing a ten dollar bill and one of their business cards, out their window and ask whomever returns them to stay for dinner. Although cynical George is certain that no one would return a wallet containing cash, struggling Texan James Houston and young clinic worker Jean Lawrence both return the wallets they find. Jimmy and Jean fall in love over dinner and soon become inseparable from Michael, Allan and George, who reveal in their company, until the three gentlemen tragically perish in a plane crash. After the accident, the three men return as ghosts, but only their faithful Russian housekeeper, Madame Tanya, senses their presence. Michael has bequeathed Jimmy some bonds with which he launches his singing career. Because of the strange circumstances connected with his inheritance, Jimmy receives much publicity, thus attracting the attention of seductive radio radio star Arlene Terry. Becoming infatuated with Arlene, Jimmy soon begins to neglect Jean. Michael, watching helplessly as Arlene ensnares Jimmy, pleads with him to return to Jean, but his entreaties are in vain because Jimmy cannot hear him. When Arlene convinces Jimmy to go away with her for a weekend, Michael asks Tanya to intercede, but Jimmy refuses to heed her advice. Soon after George is taken to the nether world and Allan is called to heaven by his son David, a solider killed in World War I. Michael is also called to heaven but refuses to ...

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Engineers and business partners Michael O'Brien, Allan Chadwick, and George Melton are wealthy but lonely old men. Faced with spending Christmas Eve alone in their New York mansion, good-hearted Michael suggests that they drop three wallets, each containing a ten dollar bill and one of their business cards, out their window and ask whomever returns them to stay for dinner. Although cynical George is certain that no one would return a wallet containing cash, struggling Texan James Houston and young clinic worker Jean Lawrence both return the wallets they find. Jimmy and Jean fall in love over dinner and soon become inseparable from Michael, Allan and George, who reveal in their company, until the three gentlemen tragically perish in a plane crash. After the accident, the three men return as ghosts, but only their faithful Russian housekeeper, Madame Tanya, senses their presence. Michael has bequeathed Jimmy some bonds with which he launches his singing career. Because of the strange circumstances connected with his inheritance, Jimmy receives much publicity, thus attracting the attention of seductive radio radio star Arlene Terry. Becoming infatuated with Arlene, Jimmy soon begins to neglect Jean. Michael, watching helplessly as Arlene ensnares Jimmy, pleads with him to return to Jean, but his entreaties are in vain because Jimmy cannot hear him. When Arlene convinces Jimmy to go away with her for a weekend, Michael asks Tanya to intercede, but Jimmy refuses to heed her advice. Soon after George is taken to the nether world and Allan is called to heaven by his son David, a solider killed in World War I. Michael is also called to heaven but refuses to go becauses he senses trouble and wants to help Jimmy, even if it means he is destined to wander the earth for eternity. Michael's instincts prove correct when Arlene's jealous, estranged husband fatally shoots Jimmy in a country inn. Jimmy is rushed to the hospital, where his heart stops beating on the operating table. Now dead, Jimmy is able to see Michael. When Jimmy sees Jean crying for him, he finally realizes that he has made a mistake and Michael intercedes with a voice from above to give Jimmy another chance. Jimmy's heart then begins to beat again, and with Jimmy's happiness now assured, Michael also ascends to heaven, accompanied by George, who is now ready to join his friends.

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