Leo McCarey

Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow, by Leo McCarey, is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore 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 Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, this is among American cinema’s purest tearjerkers, all the way to its unflinching ending, which McCarey refused to change despite studio pressure.

Film Info

  • Leo McCarey
  • United States
  • 1937
  • 92 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #505

Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today, a 2009 interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about the career of director Leo McCarey and Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Interview from 2009 with critic Gary Giddins about McCarey’s artistry and the political and social context of the film
  • PLUS: A booklet feauring essays by critic Tag Gallagher and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, as well as an excerpt from film scholar Robin Wood’s 1998 piece “Leo McCarey and ‘Family Values’”

New cover by Seth

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Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today, a 2009 interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about the career of director Leo McCarey and Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Interview from 2009 with critic Gary Giddins about McCarey’s artistry and the political and social context of the film
  • PLUS: A booklet feauring essays by critic Tag Gallagher and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, as well as an excerpt from film scholar Robin Wood’s 1998 piece “Leo McCarey and ‘Family Values’”

New cover by Seth

Make Way for Tomorrow
Cast
Victor Moore
Barkley Cooper
Beulah Bondi
Lucy Cooper
Fay Bainter
Anita Cooper
Thomas Mitchell
George Cooper
Porter Hall
Harvey Chase
Barbara Read
Rhoda Cooper
Maurice Moscovitch
Max Rubens
Elisabeth Risdon
Cora Payne
Minna Gombell
Nellie Chase
Ray Mayer
Robert Cooper
Ralph Remley
Bill Payne
Louise Beavers
Mamie
Louis Jean Heydt
Doctor
Gene Morgan
Carlton Gorman
Credits
Director
Leo McCarey
Screenplay
Viña Delmar
Based on a novel by
Josephine Lawrence
And a play by
Helen and Nolan Leary
Photographed by
William C. Mellor
Special photographic effects
Gordon Jennings
Art direction
Hans Dreier
Art direction
Bernard Herzbrun
Edited by
LeRoy Stone
Sound recording
Walter Oberst
Sound recording
Don Johnson
Interior decorations
A. E. Freudeman
Original music
Victor Young
Original music
George Antheil
Musical direction
Boris Morros
Producer
Leo McCarey
Producer
Adolph Zukor

From The Current

Peter Bogdanovich on Make Way for Tomorrow
Peter Bogdanovich on Make Way for Tomorrow

Director and movie maven extraordinaire Peter Bogdanovich sat down with us in 2009 to talk about Leo McCarey’s masterful Hollywood weepie Make Way for Tomorrow. Since we released the film on Blu-ray for the first time last week, we thought we’d s…


May 18, 2015
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Make Way for Tomorrow: Make Way for Lucy . . .

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By Tag Gallagher

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Dec 22, 2011
Cover Story

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Feb 22, 2011
Make Way for Tomorrow:
We Laugh, and Our Hearts Ache

Like many other French cinephiles, I discovered Make Way for Tomorrow relatively late, although we had been interested in Leo McCarey for years. We had hunted down his Laurel and Hardy pictures, adored Duck Soup, the best of the Marx Brothers films, …

By Bertrand Tavernier


Feb 23, 2010
Make Way for a “Great Movie”

Hollywood craftsman Leo McCarey’s long unsung masterwork Make Way for Tomorrow will soon be garnering deserved attention—we’re releasing the Criterion special edition on DVD February 23. The first out of the gate to sing the film’s praises is…


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Hans Dreier

Art Director

One of the most prolific film artists in Hollywood history, the German-born art director Hans Dreier worked on more than five hundred films from 1919 to 1951, amassing twenty-three Academy Award nominations and three Oscars. A student of engineering and architecture, Dreier began his career as an architect for the German government before being hired to design sets for UFA, the home of the German film industry, during the silent era. Like many of his moviemaking countrymen, Dreier eventually moved to Los Angeles, bringing with him all the expressionist tools of his trade—dramatically exaggerated spaces and chiaroscuro—and working closely with cinematographers like Victor Milner and such directors as Josef von Sternberg and Ernst Lubitsch to create vivid visual experiences. Dreier’s astonishingly vast and varied body of work extends from the intense, romantic shadows of early von Sternberg to the psychological grit of Anthony Mann’s American West, with many lighthearted pit stops in between, from Lubitsch's Ruritanian comic-musical landscapes to Preston Sturges’ just-off-center, whacked-out Americana.