Tomorrow Is Forever (1946): Irving Pichel’s Romantic Melodrama, Starring Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles and George Brent

Irving Pichel directed Tomorrow Is Forever, a well acted romantic melodrama, starring Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles and George Brent.

The film features the screen debut of Richard Long and Natalie Wood.

The movie, scripted by Lenore J. Coffee from a novel by Gwen Christo, tells the story of Elizabeth (Colbert) and John (Welles), a happily married couple recently separated when John goes off to fight in WWI.

When Elizabeth receives notice of John’s death, she marries another man (George Brent). John, however, is still alive, and later returns, but after being disfigured in the war he has undergone plastic surgery, making him almost unrecognizable.

He has also adopted an eight-year old daughter (Natalie Wood). When he finds out that he has a son with Elizabeth, he is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to reveal his true identity.


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Running time: 105 Minutes

Released on February 20, 1946, just months after the end of WWII, Tomorrow Is Forever was extremely popular at the box-office, earning $3.25 million in domestic rentals, against a budget of $1.3 million.

Claudette Colbert as Elizabeth Hamilton
Orson Welles as John Andrew MacDonald/Erik Kessler
George Brent as Lawrence Hamilton
Lucile Watson as Aunt Jessica Hamilton
Richard Long as Drew Hamilton
Natalie Wood as Margaret Ludwig
John Wengraf as Dr. Ludwig
Sonny Howe as Brian Hamilton
Michael Ward as The Drew infant
Ian Wolfe as Norton
Joyce MacKenzie as Cherry Davis
Tom Wirick as Pudge Davis
Lane Watson as Hamilton’s secretary
Henry Hastings as Daniel
John Bowes as Dr. Jenkins