Hi Everybody! Here’s our second day of the A to Z Challenge of 2016, and my theme is old movies! Our second letter is….
is for… Beyond Tomorrow!
George Vale Melton (Harry Carey), Allan Chadwick (C. Aubrey Smith) and Michael O’Brien (Charles Winninger) are rich but lonely, so they invite a pair of strangers, schoolteacher Jean Lawrence (Jean Parker) and cowboy James Houston (Richard Carlson) to their house for dinner on Christmas Eve. Both James and Jean seem to hit it off, but the next day the three old men are killed in a plane crash. Now ghosts, the three work from the afterworld to make sure the young couple stays together.
Directors: A. Edward Sutherland, Lee Garmes
Producer: Lee Garmes
Written by: Adele Comandini
Music composed by: Harold Spina, Frank Tours
It’s a great story & heartwarming movie, and a grand story for Christmas time. The love story itself actually pales in comparison to the lives (and deaths) of the three older gentlemen. George’s two friends gradually lose their crusty edges by the time their personal calls from heaven come, but it is the warm-hearted George (who, even as a ghost, cares more about the young lovers’ happiness than his own eternal rest) that really steals the show and makes this such a should-be Christmas classic. A powerful performance by the wonderful Maria Ouspenskaya adds further emotion to a truly heart-warming story. It’s definitely one of my favorite old Christmas stories that I have.
Now I’m sorry to take up so much time, but I do have another favorite “B” movie and that one is….
“The Bishop’s Wife”! I adore this movie, and it first came out in 1947 with Loretta Young, David Niven and the wonderful Mr. Cary Grant as the Angel. Years later it was remade with Whitney Houston… but that’s another story! Thanks for your time!
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