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The 80-star cast of Forever and a Day would certainly not have been feasible had not most of the actors and production people turned over their salaries to British war relief -- a point driven home during the lengthy opening credits by an unseen narrator. The true star of the film is a stately old manor house in London, built in 1804 by a British admiral (C. Aubrey Smith) and blitzed in 1940 by one Adolf Hitler. Through the portals of this house pass a vast array of Britons, from high-born to low. The earliest scenes involve gay blade Lt. William Trimble (Ray Milland), wronged country-girl Susan (Anna Neagle), and wicked landowner Ambrose Pomfret (Claude Rains). We move on to a comic interlude involving dotty Mr. Simpson (Reginald Owen), eternally drunken butler Bellamy (Charles Laughton), and cockney plumbers Mr. Dabb (Cedric Hardwicke) and Wilkins (Buster Keaton). Maidservant Jenny (Ida Lupino) takes over the plot during the Boer War era, while the World War I sequence finds the house converted into a way-station for soldiers (including Robert Cummings) and anxious families (including Roland Young and Gladys Cooper). Finally we arrive in 1940, with American Gates Pomfret (Kent Smith) and lady-of-the-house Lesley Trimble (Ruth Warrick) surveying the bombed-out manor, and exulting over the fact that the portrait of the home's founder, Adm. Eustace Trimble (Smith), has remained intact -- symbolic proof of England's durability in its darkest hours. The huge cast includes Dame May Whitty, Edward Everett Horton, Wendy Barrie, Merle Oberon, Nigel Bruce, Richard Haydn, Donald Crisp, and a host of others -- some appearing in sizeable roles, others (like Arthur Treacher and Patric Knowles) willingly accepting one-scene bits, simply to participate in the undertaking. Seven directors and 21 writers were also swept up in the project. Forever and a Day was supposed to have been withdrawn from circulation after the war and its prints destroyed so that no one could profit from what was supposed to have been an act of industry charity. Happily for future generations, prints have survived and are now safely preserved. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 26, 1943

Cast

Merle Oberon
as Marjorie
Brian Aherne
as Jim Trimble
Gladys Cooper
as Mrs. Henry Barringer
Ida Lupino
as Jenny Jones
C. Aubrey Smith
as Adm. Eustace Trimble
Robert Cummings
as Ned Trimble
Claude Rains
as Ambrose Pomfret
Roland Young
as Mr. Barringer
Anna Neagle
as Susan Trenchard Trimble
Ray Milland
as Lieut. William Trimble
Cedric Hardwicke
as Mr. Dabb, the Plumber
Dame May Whitty
as Mrs. Eustace (Lucy) Trimble
Charles Laughton
as Bellamy, Dexter Pomfret's Butler
Jessie Matthews
as Mildred Trimble-Pomfret
Herbert Marshall
as Curate
Ian Hunter
as Dexter Pomfret
Buster Keaton
as Plumber's Helper
Nigel Bruce
as Maj. Garrow
Arthur Treacher
as Sky Watcher (II)
Edmund Gwenn
as Stubbs
Halliwell Hobbes
as Doctor
Montagu Love
as Sir John Bunn
Patric Knowles
as The Son
Elsa Lanchester
as Mamie
Richard Haydn
as Mr. Butcher
Clyde Cook
as Cabby (II)
Kent Smith
as Gates Pomfret
Victor McLaglen
as Archibald Spavin
Ruth Warrick
as Lesley Trimble
Gene Lockhart
as Cobblewick
Reginald Owen
as Mr. Simpson
Edward Everett Horton
as Sir Anthony Trimble-Pomfret
Donald Crisp
as Capt. Martin
Connie Leon
Billy Bevan
as Cabby
Aubrey Mather
Barbara Everest
Alan Edmiston
as Tripp
Alec Craig
as Ambrose, Pomfret's Butler
Daphne Moore
as Nurse
Cecil Kellaway
as Dinner Guest
Wendy Barrie
as Edith Trimble-Pomfret
Eric Blore
as Charles (Sir Anthony's Butler)
Walter Kingsford
as Estate Lawyer
Una O'Connor
as Mrs. Caroline Ismay
Ivan Simpson
as Elderly Bachelor
Joy Harrington
as Bus Conductress
Ethel Griffies
as Wife
Charles Irwin
May Beatty
as Cook
Harry Allen
as Cockney Watcher
June Lockhart
as Girl in Air Raid Shelter
Claud Allister
as Barstow
Clifford Severn
as Nelson Trimble
Anna Lee
as Cornelia Trimble-Pomfret
June Duprez
as Julia Trimble-Pomfret
Odette Myrtil
as Madame Gaby
Emily Fitzroy
as Mrs. Fulcher
Jean Prescott
as ATS Girl
Sara Allgood
as Cook in 1917
Lionel Belmore
as Bits
Evelyn Beresford
Bill Cartledge
as Telegraph Boy
Charles Coburn
as Sir William
Ernest Cossart
as Mr. Blinkinsep
Isobel Elsom
as Lady Trimble-Pomfret
Herbert Evans
as Bobby
Peter Godfrey
as Mr. Pepperdish
Mary Gordon
Edmund Goulding
Charlie Hall
Doris Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
Moyna MacGill
Noel Madison
as Mr. Dunkinfield
Mickey Martin
as Boy
Barry Norton
Victor Saville
Robert Coote
as Blind Officer
Bernie Sell
as Naval Officer
Lumsden Hare
as Fitch
Reginald Gardiner
as Ass't. Hotel Manager
Dennis Hoey
as Mover
Herbert Wilcox
Ray Bolger
as Sentry
Queenie Leonard
as Housemaid
Isobel Elsom
as Lady Trimble-Pomfret
Ray Bolger
as Sentry
Dennis Hoey
as Mover
Lionel Belmore
as Bits
Reginald Gardiner
as Ass't. Hotel Manager
Herbert Evans
as Bobby
Ernest Cossart
as Mr. Blinkinsep
Peter Godfrey
as Mr. Pepperdish
Charles Coburn
as Sir William
Lumsden Hare
as Fitch
Sara Allgood
as Cook in 1917
Bill Cartledge
as Telegraph Boy
Bernie Sell
as Naval Officer
Robert Coote
as Blind Officer
Noel Madison
as Mr. Dunkinfield
Mickey Martin
as Boy

Crew

Frank Lloyd
Director
Herbert Wilcox
Director
René Clair
Director
Cedric Hardwicke
Director
Victor Saville
Director
Kent Smith
Director
Edmund Goulding
Director
Robert Stevenson
Director
Robert Stevenson
Producer
Edmund Goulding
Producer
Victor Saville
Producer
Cedric Hardwicke
Producer
René Clair
Producer
Herbert Wilcox
Producer
Frank Lloyd
Producer
Charles Bennett
Screenwriter
Norman Corwin
Screenwriter
Frederick Lonsdale
Screenwriter
Peter Godfrey
Screenwriter
Sig Herzig
Screenwriter
Claudine West
Screenwriter
John van Druten
Screenwriter
Keith Winter
Screenwriter
W.P. Lipscomb
Screenwriter
Donald Ogden Stewart
Screenwriter
Lawrence Hazard
Screenwriter
Gene Lockhart
Screenwriter
Emmett Lavery
Screenwriter
Christopher Isherwood
Screenwriter
Nick Musuraca
Cinematographer
Russell Metty
Cinematographer
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Robert de Grasse
Cinematographer
Elmo Williams
Editor
George Crone
Editor
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
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