'Til We Meet Again (1940)

99 mins | Drama | 20 April 1940

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writer:

Warren Duff

Cinematographer:

Tony Gaudio

Editor:

Ralph Dawson

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was We Shall Meet Again . Warner's 1932 film One Way Passage was also based on the Robert Lord story (see ... More Less

The working title of this film was We Shall Meet Again . Warner's 1932 film One Way Passage was also based on the Robert Lord story (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Apr 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Apr 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
10 Apr 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Mar 40
p. 25.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Apr 40
p. 40.
New York Times
14 Apr 40
p. 14.
Variety
24 Apr 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of prod
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
We Shall Meet Again
Release Date:
20 April 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 14 Apr 1940
Production Date:
began 4 Dec 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9561
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6006
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Hong Kong, fugitive Dan Hardesty fleetingly meets and is attracted to Joan Ames when the pair share a paradise cocktail. As he leaves the bar, Dan is arrested by Steve Burke, the San Francisco police detective who has pursued him half way across the world in his determination to bring Dan back to face execution at San Quentin. Steve takes his prisoner aboard the next homeward bound ship, the same liner on which Joan, who is also attracted to Dan, is traveling while awaiting her death from an incurable heart ailment. The two lovers are thus reunited, each hiding their tragic fate from the other. Also traveling on board are Rockingham T. Rockingham, a con artist and old friend of Dan, and the Countess de Bresac, Dan's former lover and protege. Together, Rocky and the countess formulate an escape plan for Dan when the ship docks at Honolulu. As the ship reaches the harbor, the countess slips Steve some sleeping pills, thus preventing him from imprisoning Dan in the ship's brig. The countess also arranges for her friend, Herb McGillis, to smuggle Dan out of the harbor, but at the last minute, Dan finds himself unable to abandon Joan and so endangers his one chance at freedom by accompanying her on a trip into the mountains. At the end of the day, Dan is preparing to make his getaway when Joan collapses and he is forced to carry her aboard ship where he is apprehended by Steve. After learning from Joan's friend, Bonny Coburn of Joan's impending death, Dan struggles to hide his knowledge as the lovers bid farewell, promising to meet ... +


In Hong Kong, fugitive Dan Hardesty fleetingly meets and is attracted to Joan Ames when the pair share a paradise cocktail. As he leaves the bar, Dan is arrested by Steve Burke, the San Francisco police detective who has pursued him half way across the world in his determination to bring Dan back to face execution at San Quentin. Steve takes his prisoner aboard the next homeward bound ship, the same liner on which Joan, who is also attracted to Dan, is traveling while awaiting her death from an incurable heart ailment. The two lovers are thus reunited, each hiding their tragic fate from the other. Also traveling on board are Rockingham T. Rockingham, a con artist and old friend of Dan, and the Countess de Bresac, Dan's former lover and protege. Together, Rocky and the countess formulate an escape plan for Dan when the ship docks at Honolulu. As the ship reaches the harbor, the countess slips Steve some sleeping pills, thus preventing him from imprisoning Dan in the ship's brig. The countess also arranges for her friend, Herb McGillis, to smuggle Dan out of the harbor, but at the last minute, Dan finds himself unable to abandon Joan and so endangers his one chance at freedom by accompanying her on a trip into the mountains. At the end of the day, Dan is preparing to make his getaway when Joan collapses and he is forced to carry her aboard ship where he is apprehended by Steve. After learning from Joan's friend, Bonny Coburn of Joan's impending death, Dan struggles to hide his knowledge as the lovers bid farewell, promising to meet once more on New Year's Eve. However, as the ship docks in San Francisco, a reporter learns of Dan's story and rushes to interview Joan, blurting out the truth of Dan's death sentence. As they depart the ship, the lovers share a final embrace, neither one aware that they have discovered each other's tragic secret. +

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