When Tomorrow Comes


1h 30m 1939
When Tomorrow Comes

Brief Synopsis

A married pianist deserts his mentally troubled wife when he falls in love with a pretty waitress.

Film Details

Also Known As
A Modern Cinderella, Give Us the Night
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Aug 11, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Philip Andre Chagal, a famous French concert pianist, is completing an American tour when he stops at a downtown cafe for lunch. His arrival creates a mild sensation at the restaurant because the waitresses, who are about to hold a secret union meeting, believe him to be a company spy. One of them, Helen, tries to trap Philip into admitting he is a spy and, impressed by her charm, he decides to attend the meeting. At the meeting, Helen delivers a fiery speech and Philip is enchanted by her dynamism. Also impressed is Holden, a union leader who is in love with Helen. After the meeting, Philip and Helen take a walk together, and Philip tells Helen that he has not worked for weeks, leading her to conclude that he is unemployed. Philip asks her to spend the following day with him, and learning that he has only seventy-two hours before he has to leave for France, Helen consents. On a borrowed sailboat, they cruise Long Island Sound until a sudden squall sends them to the shelter of a small wharf and Philip's country home. There, Helen finally learns her companion is a great concert pianist. As the strength of the storm increases, so does Philip's ardor, and Helen asks him to take her home. On the drive back, they are caught in a savage hurricane that forces them to take shelter in a church. Believing that they will not live through the night, Helen confesses her love for Philip who tries to tell her something, but she refuses to listen. In the morning, they are rescued and taken to a camp where Helen learns that Philip is married, and that his wife is waiting for him at the camp. Trying to run away, Helen boards the nearest bus and is trapped in traffic and offered a ride by Philip, who is driving with his wife Madeleine and his mother-in-law. In the car, Helen discovers that Madeleine has become deranged because of the loss of a child several years earlier. Sensing Philip's love for Helen, Madeleine goes to her and declares that she will never let Philip go. Playing on Helen's sympathy, Madeleine wins her promise never to see Phillip again. The night that Philip is to sail for France, he asks Helen to join him, and with a broken heart, she refuses, bidding him a tearful farewell.

Cast

Irene Dunne

Helen

Charles Boyer

Philip Andre Chagal

Barbara O'neil

Madeleine

Onslow Stevens

Holden

Nydia Westman

Lulu

Nella Walker

Madame Dumont

Fritz Feld

[Nickolas] Butler

Greta Meyer

Madeleine's maid

Harry C. Bradley

Vicar

Milton Parsons

Organist

Constance Moore

Bride

Jerry Marlowe

Groom

Doris Weston

Waitress

Frances Robinson

Waitress

Bobbe Trefts

Waitress

Helen Lynd

Waitress

Myrtis Crinley

Waitress

Kitty Mchugh

Waitress

Florence Lake

Waitress

Dorothy Granger

Waitress

Mary Treen

Waitress

Inez Courtney

Waitress

Helen Mackellar

Waitress

Helen Brown

Waitress

Ruth Warren

Waitress

Dorothy Appleby

Waitress

Virginia Sale

Waitress

Mira Mckinney

Watiress

Claire Du Brey

Waitress

Greta Granstedt

Waitress

Diana Gibson

Waitress

Jane Barnes

Waitress

Sally Payne

Waitress

Jenifer Gray

Waitress

Claire Whitney

Waitress

Mary Field

Waitress

William Davidson

Army captain

Addison Richards

Refugee leader

Tom Dugan

Bum

Howard Hickman

Wealthy man

Frank Darien

Caretaker at boat house

George Humbert

Vendor

Wade Boteler

Policeman

Milburn Stone

Head of bus boys

Emmett Vogan

Head waiter

Jack Arnold

Radio technician

Stanley Taylor

Radio technician

Gordon Jones

Radio technician

Otto Hoffman

Farmer

James Flavin

Coast Guard man

Harry Holman

Man in window

Dick Winslow

Accordian player

Philip Trent

Service man

Edward Earle

Assistant manager

Bob Homans

Policeman

Hally Chester

Newsboy

Jr. George Offerman

Farmer's son

Eddie Acuff

Bus driver

Stanley Blystone

Bus driver

James Morton

Chef

Ed Peil Sr.

Janitor

Charles Sherlock

Chauffeur

Ray Nichols

Boy

Delmar Watson

Boy

Sonny Bupp

Boy

Mickey Kuhn

Boy

Tommy Bupp

Boy

George Billings

Boy

Payne Johnson

Boy

Jack Gardner

Bus boy

Gaylord Pendleton

Bus boy

John Harmon

Bus boy

James Eagles

Bus boy

George Burton

Bus boy

Edward Keane

John Dilson

Landers Stevens

Alden Chase

Ed Stanley

Natalie Moorhead

Margaret Mcwade

Doris Rankin

Grace Goodall

Gladys Blake

Maude Allen

Lillian Elliott

Film Details

Also Known As
A Modern Cinderella, Give Us the Night
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Aug 11, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Award Wins

Best Sound

1939

Quotes

Trivia

It was reported that at least 21 writers worked on the script, which was incomplete when production began.

Notes

The working titles of this picture were A Modern Cinderella and Give Us the Night, and it was based on the unpublished James M. Cain story "A Modern Cinderella." According to the Call Bureau Cast Service, Charles Boyer's character was originally named Charles and Madame Durand's Mrs. Dumont. News items in Hollywood Reporter note that at least twenty-one writers worked on the script. Among them were Aben Kandel, Charles Kaufman and John F. Larkin. The script was incomplete when production began. The film won an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording. In 1957, Douglas Sirk directed June Allyson and Rossano Brazzi in Interlude, another Universal version of the James M. Cain story, and in 1968, Kevin Billington directed Oskar Werner and Barbara Ferris in Interlude, a British version of the story.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1939

Released in United States 1939