When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

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When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

When Tomorrow Comes (1939)
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Audio: English AC3 1.0 @ 256 Kbps | Subs: French
Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Barbara O'Neil

Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress. Unhappily married to a woman who suffers from mental illness, he is attracted to her and they make a date to go sailing, arriving at Philip's country home just as a storm is breaking. Helen learns who he is for the first time, a celebrated-and-famous concert pianist and, falling in love with him, decides to leave before matters go further. A hurricane hits and their car is crippled by a falling tree. Rising water forces then to seek shelter in the choir loft of a church, where they spend the night. They are rescued in the morning and Helen meets Philip's wife, and learns their story. Helen and Philip meet once more, and Philip sails to Europe with his wife but promises to come back some day.

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When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

This is not one of Stahl's best works. The movie lacks a center of gravity. Melodrama interferes with social topics (unions, strikes, meetings) and even a deluge,complete with a night in a temple. Besides,the Madeleine character appears too late and is hardly credible.She suffers from mental illness since she lost her child. And the unfortunate heroine tells her so: "you win because you're helpless". Charles Boyer plays the usual Latin lover, and Irene Dunne,the impossible love, as she did in Fannie Hurst's famous tear-jerker. The ending is ambiguous:in his 1957 remake,the by now usual Sirk remake has, it seems - I haven't seen it yet-, a more definitive conclusion. All in all, watchable, because of the cast, but, not a great Stahl.
NB: I saw Sirk's remake yesterday (7/12/09). Stick with Stahl.
IMDB Reviewer
When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

Boyer, with the charm that has made him one of our few authentic matinee idols, and Miss Dunne, always a pleasant and sincere performer, are unequal to the task of bringing life and conviction to James Cain's made-to-order script.
New York Times, 08.17.1939
When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

Miss Dunne and Boyer are ideally teamed to provide a sincere and understanding romance, despite the obstacles presented for a happy conclusion.
Variety, 08.16.1939
When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

With the quick reunion of Irene and Charles Boyer Universal tried to cash in on the huge success of "Love Affair." Based on the unpublished story "The Modern Cinderella" by James M. Cain, the production began with an unfinished script. According to a Hollwood Reporter news item, 21 writers worked on the screenplay, which explains some flaws of the script. Nonetheless, "When Tomorrow Comes" was a box office success, certainly due to the popularity of Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. Irene performed Franz Schubert's "Serenade."

When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

In 1957 "When Tomorrow Comes" was remade by Douglas Sirk titled "Interlude" and starring June Alyson and Rossano Brazzi.
When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)
When Tomorrow Comes / Veillée d'amour (1939)

Special Features:
- Beyond Melodrama: Katryn Bigelow on Douglas Sirk (English audio with French subs)
- Bourget & Berthomieu on Interlude (French audio w/o any subs)
- Meurs et Deviens. An essay by Jean Douchet (French audio w/o any subs)

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