Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

“A man and a maid stood hand in hand; bound by a tiny wedding band. Before them lay the uncertain years that promised joy and, maybe tears. “Is she afraid?” thought the man of the maid. “Darling,” he said in a tender voice, “Tell me. Do you regret your choice? ‘We know not where the road may wind, ‘or what strange byways we may find. ‘Are you afraid?” said the man to the maid. She raised her eyes and spoke at last. “My dear,” she said, “the die is cast. ‘The vows have been spoken. The rice has been thrown. ‘Into the future we’ll travel alone. ‘With you,” said the maid, “I’m not afraid.”” – Lucy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After being evicted from their own house, an elderly couple finds it quite difficult to rely on their children to make room for them in their houses.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before watching it and was immediately drawn in just by the very first scene.

Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore help make this story so effective by their superb performance as this loving elderly couple who due to circumstances must for the first time in their 50 year marriage separate.

The story told here is extremely poignant and timeless since it is still as relevant today as it was 82 years ago when this film was made.

The plot is a simple one yet the way that they present things is quite heartbreaking and emotional to watch.

The performances by the supporting cast also helps establish how timeless this film’s story truly is.

The characters are all very easily relatable to and it doesn’t matter one’s age to understand the various frustrations that happen when one reaches old age.

The story allows us to see the various viewpoints of each situation given and different interpretations based on the way they see things.

This gives the viewer a real chance in trying to find the true interpretation of each situation.

This film is presented as a comedy, but it actually give us a dramatic look at things.

The various themes and messages presented here work really well and allow the viewer to get a complete understanding of things happening.

It’s somewhat rare that I come across a movie gem that I’ve never seen, but this one pleasantly surprised me and I look forward to finding another chance to repeat such a rare feeling for me.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is so poignant and timeless that it still is extremely effective and relevant after 82 years. The story is a simple one yet it stays heartwarming throughout because of the superb performances by Moore and Bondi. The supporting cast also helps make this story work better. The characters are able very easy to relate to no matter one’s age because we get to see the various situations via various viewpoints and then are allowed to try and decide for ourselves what is the right thing in these various situations. The film is presented as a comedy, but it is much more a drama due to the various themes and messages that it is able to put forth here. So glad I came across this film. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Leo McCarey received his 1938 Best Director Oscar for The Awful Truth (1937), he reportedly said that he got it for the wrong film, a clear reference to his fondness for this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)



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