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Make Way for Tomorrow

Leo McCarey

 
Make Way for Tomorrow  (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1937
  • 92 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #505

Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi headline a cast of incomparable character actors, starring as an elderly couple who must move in with their grown children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and subject to their offspring’s selfish whims. An inspiration for Ozu’s Tokyo Story, Make Way for Tomorrow is among American cinema’s purest tearjerkers, all the way to its unflinching ending, which McCarey refused to change despite studio pressure.

Cast

Barkley CooperVictor Moore
Lucy CooperBeulah Bondi
Anita CooperFay Bainter
George CooperThomas Mitchell
Harvey ChasePorter Hall
Rhoda CooperBarbara Read
Max RubensMaurice Moscovitch
Cora PayneElisabeth Risdon
Nellie ChaseMinna Gombell
Robert CooperRay Mayer
Bill PayneRalph Remley
MamieLouise Beavers

Credits

DirectorLeo McCarey
ProducerLeo McCarey and Adolph Zukor
ScreenplayViña Delmar
Based on a novel byJosephine Lawrence
And a play byHelen and Nolan Leary
CinematographyWilliam C. Mellor
Special photographic effectsGordon Jennings
Art directionHans Dreier and Bernard Herzbrun
EditingLeRoy Stone
SoundWalter Oberst and Don Johnson
Interior decorationsA. E. Freudeman
MusicVictor Young and George Antheil
Musical directionBoris Morros

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today, a new video interview featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich discussing the career of Leo McCarey and Make Way for Tomorrow
  • New video interview with critic Gary Giddins in which he talks about McCarey’s artistry and the political and social context of the film
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critic Tag Gallagher and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, and an excerpt from film scholar Robin Wood’s 1998 piece “Leo McCarey and ‘Family Values’”

    New cover by Seth

Film Essays

Make Way for Tomorrow: We Laugh, and Our Hearts Ache

By Bertrand TavernierFebruary 23, 2010

Like many other French cinephiles, I discovered Make Way for Tomorrow relatively late, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Make Way for Lucy . . .

By Tag GallagherFebruary 23, 2010

D-day, June 6, 1944. John Ford was there. It was the most vivid experience of his life, he . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Book Notes

The Legacy Continues

December 22, 2011

Last year, we told you about Daniel Eagan’s rigorous, informative, and very entertaining book . . . Read more »


Clippings

Cover Story

February 22, 2011

This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: L’enfance nue

August 31, 2010

In a review for the Los Angeles Times, Dennis Lim provides some context for the work of . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Make Way for Tomorrow

March 02, 2010

Let’s start out with Dave Kehr in the New York Times: “There are few American films as subtle, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Make Way for Tomorrow: We Laugh, and Our Hearts Ache

By Bertrand TavernierFebruary 23, 2010

Like many other French cinephiles, I discovered Make Way for Tomorrow relatively late, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Make Way for Lucy . . .

By Tag GallagherFebruary 23, 2010

D-day, June 6, 1944. John Ford was there. It was the most vivid experience of his life, he . . . Read more »


Clippings

Make Way for a “Great Movie”

February 17, 2010

<!--StartFragment--Hollywood craftsman Leo McCarey’s long unsung masterwork Make Way for . . . Read more »