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40 Ratings

When Tomorrow Comes

Directed by John M. Stahl
United States, 1939
Drama, Romance


Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress.

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When Tomorrow Comes Directed by John M. Stahl

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1940 | Winner: Best Sound, Recording

Critics reviews

It’s minor Stahl, but shows how Stahl could shoe-horn social issues into a romance between a waitress and a concert pianist.
October 01, 2018
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[Stahl] brought a delicate poetry to “When Tomorrow Comes” (1939), in which Dunne and Charles Boyer (who were also paired in Leo McCarey’s 1939 “Love Affair”) play a waitress and married pianist who have a brief romance, separating soon after taking refuge in a church during a hurricane.
June 17, 2015
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Though not exactly a work of genius, the movie… is a marvel and, ultimately, a terror… in “When Tomorrow Comes,” the world itself is the star. As studio-sanitized as the city sets may be, the movie nonetheless strongly evokes the deep-rooted tensions of the working world and the politics that undergird it…
September 18, 2014
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