Three lonely millionaires perish in a plane crash, and their spirits return from the grave in order to play Santa Clause to two down-and-out lovers on Christmas Eve. It’s lots of fun, sentimental, and definitely Capra-esque. Something to enjoy year around, and not just Christmas time.
With its plot based on the notion that overnight success often spells ruin for the one who achieves it, Beyond Tomorrow uses the intervention of three ghostly spirits, who return from the grave to straighten out the problems of two young lovers (Richard Carlson and Jean Parker), as its set piece. Three lonely millionaires (Winninger, Smith and Carey) are the central characters in this unusual fantasy-drama. The trio opens their home and hearts to two young people, a boy and girl, who fall in love. When the three good Samaritans are killed in a plane crash, their ghosts return to try and help their friends. The result is touching, sensitive, yet entertaining motion picture with three great character actors as the earth-bound spirits. Wonderful family viewing for Christmas or at any time of the year.
1940 | 84 min | B&W | 1.33:1/4×3 | Dolby Digital | All Region | NR
Richard Carlson, Jean Parker, Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Maria Ouspenskaya, Rod LaRocqueDirected by
A. Edward Sutherland