After Tomorrow (1932): Frank Borzage’s Pre-Code Romantic Drama, Starring Charles Farrell, Marian Nixon, Minna Gombell, Josephine Hull, William Collier, Sr

Oscar winner Frank Borzage directed After Tomorrow, a pre-Code drama, starring Charles Farrell, Marian Nixon, Minna Gombell, Josephine Hull and William Collier, Sr.

After Tomorrow

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Peter Piper (Charles Farrell) and his girlfriend Sidney Taylor (Marian Nixon) have been engaged for three years, but the Great Depression and the selfish demands of their respective mothers have delayed their marriage.

They imagine their future together “after tomorrow” in the lyrics of their favorite song.

The clinging Mrs. Piper (Josephine Hull), a widow fixated on her boy, cannot bear the thought of her son leaving her, tries to break up Sidney and Peter’s relationship.

Meanwhile, Sidney’s mother, Else Taylor (Minna Gombell) thinks only of her needs, and her lover Malcolm Jarvis (William Pawley), a lodger in their house with whom she leaves the day before Pete and Sidney’s wedding, causing second heart attack to Willie, Sidney’s father (William Collier Sr.).

The wedding must be postponed for another half of a year. When finally Else comes back to help her daughter and Pete financially, Willie does not allow it.

Pete finds the courage to face his mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Beardsley (Ferdinand Munier), owner of chewing gum factory, giving him the same as his mother gives to Sidney, and while arguing if he has serious intentions with his mother, Mr. Beardsley tells him that the $100 he invested in his factory had revenue of $740 at that point.

Finally, they can marry and go to Niagara Falls.

Charles Farrell as Peter Piper
Marian Nixon as Sidney Taylor
Minna Gombell as Else Taylor
William Collier, Sr. as Willie Taylor
Josephine Hull as Mrs. Piper
William Pawley as Malcolm Jarvis
Greta Granstedt as Betty
Ferdinand Munier as Mr. Beardsley
Nora Lane as Florence Blandy


Directed by Frank Borzage
Written by Sonya Levien, based on the 1931 play After Tomorrow by John Golden and Hugh Stanislaus Stange
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Margaret Clancey
Music by Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Distributed by Fox Film

Release date: March 6, 1932

Running time: 79 minutes