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When Tomorrow Comes

Friday, September 19 - Sunday, September 21, 2014

35mm print

“This lavish melodrama, based on a James M. Cain story (later remade by Douglas Sirk as Interlude) might represent the Hollywood melodrama at its most accomplished: the intense romance that Andrew Horn abstracts in Doomed Love is here, but tempered by nicely modulated performances by the key actors. John M. Stahl’s treatment mixes moods–from comedy to drama to climactic spectacle–as well as timely issues, including a labor strike and a women’s subtheme. (Stahl was considered one of Hollywood’s ‘women’s directors.’) Irene Dunne portrays the bright coffee-shop waitress who falls in love with pianist Charles Boyer and then must answer to his emotionally unstable wife. Barbara O’Neill received critical kudos for her portrayal of the distressed wife who rises from her depression to confront the ‘other woman’ face to face.” – Pacific Film Archive

  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1939
  • Running Time 90 minutes
  • Director John M. Stahl