Cover via AmazonA Blog-o-rama Christmas!
I posted this film a couple of years ago during Christmas, but I enjoy it so much that I think it is worth another post.
I remember seeing Beyond Tomorrow (if you look for it on DVD you will sometimes find it retitled as Beyond Christmas) for the first time very late at night during one holiday season several years ago. Having never seen it or even heard of it, I didn't expect to watch it for long. But, within the first five minutes I was fascinated by it and stayed up extremely late, unable to turn off the set. Since then I've often wondered why this never became as big a hit as say, Miracle on 34th Street and It's A Wonderful Life. It's definitely a much more themed movie than Life. It kind of reminds me of another Christmas film, Holiday Affair, which starred a very young, gorgeous Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum. That film came out in the fifties and is another one you seldom hear of. But my guess would be that even fewer of you have heard of this film which was a 1940 American fantasy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland.
As described by Fancast.Com:
Harry Carey Sr., C. Aubrey Smith and Charles Winninger play three wealthy bachelors who have spent their lives wrapped up in themselves. Left all alone on Christmas eve, the elderly trio invite a couple of strangers to dinner: misplaced cowpoke Richard Carlson and pretty, but aimless, Jean Parker. Hoping that they've accomplished a bit of matchmaking, the three old duffers board a plane and head off to an important business meeting. The plane crashes, killing all three men. They return to their mansion as ghosts, only to discover that Carlson is making the same mistake they made: he's allowing his drive for success to override his affection for Parker. Feeling as though they won't be welcome in Heaven until they rectify this situation, Carey, Smith, and Winninger stick around to set things right.
Hope you enjoy watching this wonderful film. I would sure love to know your thoughts on it. Please take the time to leave a comment. You can get a colorized copy of this film as well as the original restored black and white version at Amazon.Com by clicking on the below link.