Beyond Tomorrow – Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

Beyond Tomorrow –
Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies


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Beyond Tomorrow (also known as And So Goodbye) is a 1940 American fantasy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and produced by noted cinematographer Lee Garmes; Garmes was one of a handful of cinematographers who became film producers.

Structured as a B film, the production did not engage any stars who would receive billing above the title, relying instead on a quartet of veteran characters actors, Charles Winninger, Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey, second-tier young leads Richard Carlson and Jean Parker as well as “other woman” Helen Vinson, a minor lead/second lead during early and mid thirties, here approaching the end of her career. All seven actors received a “Featuring” billing after the title. The remaining supporting cast included Rod La Rocque, a top leading man of the silent era, now reduced to playing minor supporting roles.

Because the events of the plot take place during the Christmas season, it is a contemporary but little-remembered example of the Christmas film. The original print has been digitally remastered and preserved by the National Film Museum, Incorporated.

This film runs 84 minutes in black and white.

Rod Crawford wrote a great, short storyline about Beyond Tomorrow.

Melton, Chadwick and O’Brien, rich but lonely heads of an engineering firm, invite three strangers to dinner on Christmas Eve. Only two show up, James and Jean, they fall in love and become friends with their three benefactors…until the latter are killed in a plane crash and come back to their old home as ghosts. In the coming months, true love encounters some rough spots; can ghostly O’Brien help the young folks?

Beyond Tomorrow –
Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

The Cast of Beyond Tomorrow:

In order of their appearance

  • Harry Carey as George Melton [Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Angel and the Bad Man, Red River, The Shepherd of the Hills, Kid Galahad]
  • C. Aubrey Smith as Allan Chadwick [Rebecca, Tarzan the Ape Man, The Prisoner of Zenda, Little Women (1949), The White Cliffs of Dover, Another Thin Man, Five Came Back, Madame Curie]
  • Charles Winninger as Michael O’Brien [Give My Regards to Broadway, State Fair, Little Nellie KellyDestry Rides AgainBabes in Arms]
  • Alex Melesh as Josef (butler)
  • Maria Ouspenskaya as Madam Tanya [The Wolf Man, The Mortal Storm, Love Affair]
  • Helen Vinson as Arlene Terry [The Thin Man Goes Home, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang]
  • Rod La Rocque as Phil Hubert [Meet John Doe, The Shadow Strikes, The Hunchback of Notre Dame]
  • Richard Carlson as James Houston [Creature From the Black Lagoon, It Came From Outer Space, The Day the Earth Stood Still]
  • Jean Parker as Jean Lawrence [Little Women 1933 – Beth, The Texas Rangers, The Flying Deuces, Detective Kitty O’Day]
  • J. Anthony Hughes as Officer Johnson
  • Robert Homans as Sergeant
  • Virginia McMullen as Secretary
  • James Bush as Jace Taylor
  • William Bakewell as David Chadwick [Gone with the Wind, Dr. Kildare’s Victory, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer]

Beyond Tomorrow – Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

The Soundtrack of Beyond Tomorrow includes:

  • It’s Raining Dreams (1940)
    Music by Harold Spina Lyrics by Charles Newman
    Performed by Richard Carlson (uncredited) at the radio station
  • Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful) (circa 1743) (uncredited)
    Music attributed to John Reading; Latin lyrics by John Francis Wade (circa 1743)
    English lyrics by Frederick Oakeley (1841); Played on a radio
  • Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (pub. 1856) (uncredited)
    Hymn by Charles Wesley (1730) Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
    Played offscreen by a band on Christmas Eve
  • Good King Wenceslas (uncredited)
    Traditional carol Modern lyrics by John M. Neale (1853)
    Performed by Richard Carlson
  • Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (1854) (uncredited)
    Written by Stephen Foster Performed by Richard Carlson
  • Jingle Bells (1857) (uncredited)
    Written by James Pierpont Sung by many cast members
  • Red River Valley (uncredited)
    Traditional; In the score for the horse scene
  • Home, Sweet Home (1823) (uncredited)
    Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
    Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823) Performed by Richard Carlson
  • Louisiana Lady (uncredited)
    Written by Frank Tours Performed a capella by Richard Carlson

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