Review: ‘Forever and a Day’

Forever and a Day is a sentimental romantic-adventure yarn, encompassing in cavalcade manner Britain's epochal struggles to retain the integrity of an empire and the freedom of its people in face of periodical threats of would-be world conquerors. Interwoven is the quaint history of a picturesque London mansion - its illustrious builder and his descendants - built during the Napoleonic period, that withstands the ravages of time and world-shattering conflict until the days of the Nazi blitz.

Forever and a Day is a sentimental romantic-adventure yarn, encompassing in cavalcade manner Britain’s epochal struggles to retain the integrity of an empire and the freedom of its people in face of periodical threats of would-be world conquerors. Interwoven is the quaint history of a picturesque London mansion – its illustrious builder and his descendants – built during the Napoleonic period, that withstands the ravages of time and world-shattering conflict until the days of the Nazi blitz.

In a star-studded cast, including some 45 name players, a number of topnotchers are necessarily limited. However, a large proportion of the subordinate sequences have been handled $500,000 at RKO, which financed the production. This is exclusive of the players, who undertook the assignment on a gratis basis, some 21 writers and the seven accredited directors who also contributed their services.

Yarn revolves about the fusing of two families after a feud dating back to the early part of the 19th century when C. Aubrey Smith, as the robust, swashbuckling British admiral first built the house. Claude Rains, as the vindictive guardian of Anna Neagle, who runs away to marry one of the Smith tribe, does not impress as the menace.

Forever and a Day

Production

RKO. Director Rene Clair, Edmund Goulding, Cedric Hardwicke, Frank Lloyd, Victor Saville, Robert Stevenson, Herbert Wilcox; Screenplay Charles Bennett, C.S. Forrester, Lawrence Hazard, Michael Hogan, W.P. Lipscomb, Alice Duer Miller, John Van Druten, Alan Campbell, Peter Godfrey, S.M. Herzig, Christopher Isherwood, Gene Lockhart, R.C. Sheriff, Claudine West, Norman Corwin, Jack Hartfield, James Hilton, Emmet Lavery, Frederick Lonsdale, Donald Ogden Stewart, Keith Winter; Camera Robert de Grasse, Lee Garmes, Russell Metty, Nicholas Musuraca; Editor Elmo J. Williams, George Crone; Music Anthony Collins

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Merle Oberon Gladys Cooper C. Aubrey Smith Claude Rains Anna Neagle Ray Milland
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