The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon – Forever and a Day (1943)


This is the final of 3 posts dedicated to The 3rd Annual Claude Rains Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“[on receiving a knighthood] I am of course grattered and flattified by the signal honour Her Majesty has done us.” – Sir Anthony Trimble-Pomfret

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An American travels to England during the early days of World War II in order to sell his ancestral home.

My Take on it –This is another film that I came across by accident while researching films for this blogathon and was quite impressed by the number of actors and actresses involved in this story including Claude Rains.

The idea of making a film with so many stars is a great one but unfortunately what they have in star powers overbalances things and the story suffers so much because of it.

For those who are very familiar with the British films stars of the day, it truly is a day at the circus.

The problem is that there are too many stars in this film, that each of them doesn’t have anything to do more than smile at the camera and then fade away.

The story itself has its merits, but the way that things are presented in a such rapid succession, leaves things feeling far too superficial which is quite problematic.

The book end story of this film seems too tacked on and isn’t a powerful enough prologue and epilogue for the story that they are trying to tell here which is quite unfortunate, because those sections truly need to be the glue that keeps things together and they miss a great opportunity here to do something so much more poignant here.

Bottom Line – Great idea that unfortunately doesn’t work well enough due to the way that this feels like a who’s who of British cinema while leaving a tangible story line out of the question. It’s fun seeing all of these stars parade into a scene or two, but they are almost entirely walk on roles which are there just to showcase these stars and not tell a interesting story.  The book end story isn’t powerful enough which is quite problematic.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alfred Hitchcock prepared the sequence involving Ida Lupino, and was to have directed it; scheduling prevented him, and it was directed by René Clair, who used Hitchcock’s script. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon – Forever and a Day (1943)

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  2. Dear Rob,

    A third great review! I can well imagine how this film would seem weak because of too many stars and too little story. I have seen many movies with that problem! Just throwing a bunch of actors into a movie rarely makes for a great film.

    Thank you again for joining our blogathon and contributing three articles!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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