Forever And A Day

A wartime salute to England with a cavalcade of stars and directors to give it snap, FOREVER AND A DAY depicts the history of a great manor house in London. Built by Admiral Trimble (Smith) during the Napoleonic era, we see the house pass from the hands of one generation to another. Scores of stars and character actors appear in cameos in this stunning...read more

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A wartime salute to England with a cavalcade of stars and directors to give it snap, FOREVER AND A DAY depicts the history of a great manor house in London.

Built by Admiral Trimble (Smith) during the Napoleonic era, we see the house pass from the hands of one generation to another. Scores of stars and character actors appear in cameos in this stunning film, its only major detraction being that we'd like to see more of all of them. Many highly

appealing players of the age (Matthews, Rains, Coburn, Horton) are whisked onscreen to our delight and then passed over summarily. Exceptional are Laughton as a comic butler, Hardwicke and Keaton as plumbers, Lanchester as a waitress-maid, Aherne as a coalman, and Lupino as the housemaid who runs

off with him to America.

Particularly moving is the WWI sequence, when a party is held for a WWI flying ace who never appears. Cummings and Oberon are touching as a doughboy and a receptionist who fall in love despite the perils involved, but it is really Young and Cooper, as the ace's parents, who beautifully render

their moment of loss. An effective pageant on the theme of English patriotism, FOREVER AND A DAY comes down to the house's (and thereby England's) survival during the awful WWII blitz of London.

RKO used just about everyone in Hollywood's esteemed British acting colony for this one and $500,000 to boot. The film could practically be considered an act of goodwill in promoting the British-American cause, since the studio saw little return at the box office. The film is nevertheless

memorable--superbly crafted, acted, and directed. A rare case of too many cooks not spoiling the broth.

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