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#112. Make Way for Tomorrow

  • Year: 1937
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Paramount, 91m B&W
  • Director: Leo McCarey
  • Producer: Leo McCarey, Adolph Zukor
  • Screenplay: Vina Delmar, from novel by Josephine Lawrence
  • Photography: William C Mellor
  • Music: George Antheil, Victor Young
  • Cast: Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi

Abridged Book Description

In this one-of-a-kind masterpiece by one of the greatest American directors, Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi play Bark and Lucy Cooper, an elderly couple faced with financial disaster and forced to throw themselves on the mercy of their middle-aged children... Leo McCarey's direction in Make Way for Tomorrow is beyond praise. All of the actors are expansive and natural, and the generosity McCarey shows toward his characters is unstinting. He demonstrates an exquisite sense of when to cut from his central couple to reveal the attitudes of others, without suggesting either that their compassion is condescending or that their indifference is wicked, and without forcing our tears of rage (which would be a way of forfeiting them)... Make Way for Tomorrow is truly, deeply moving.