Saturday Matinee

Beyond Tomorrow

Beyond Tomorrow is a 1940 American fantasy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and produced by noted cinematographer Lee Garmes; Garmes was one of a handful of cinematographers who became film producers.

Structured as a B film, the production did not engage any stars who would receive billing above the title, relying instead on a quartet of veteran character actors, Charles Winninger, Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey, second-tier young leads Richard Carlson and Jean Parker as well as "other woman" Helen Vinson, a minor lead/second lead during early and mid thirties, here approaching the end of her career. All seven actors received a "Featuring" billing after the title. The remaining supporting cast included Rod La Rocque, a top leading man of the silent era, now reduced to playing minor supporting roles.

Because the events of the plot take place during the Christmas season, it is a contemporary but little-remembered example of the Christmas film. The original print has been digitally remastered and preserved by the National Film Museum, Incorporated.


In order of their appearance

  • Harry Carey as George Melton
  • C. Aubrey Smith as Allan Chadwick
  • Charles Winninger as Michael O'Brien
  • Alex Melesh as Josef (butler)
  • Maria Ouspenskaya as Madam Tanya
  • Helen Vinson as Arlene Terry
  • Rod La Rocque as Phil Hubert
  • Richard Carlson as James Houston
  • Jean Parker as Jean Lawrence
  • J. Anthony Hughes as Officer Johnson
  • Robert Homans as Sergeant
  • Virginia McMullen as Secretary
  • James Bush as Jace Taylor
  • William Bakewell as David Chad

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