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May 20, 2022

Universal, 1939: we continue the saga of John Stahl's final years with the banker regime with When Tomorrow Comes, a frankly pro-labour romance, full of eccentric charm, that rewrites the fate of Irene Dunne's Back Street character while reuniting the actress with Charles Boyer after their success in Love Affair. Then we turn to the studio's B mode with Joe May's intermittently audacious, but consistently funny, murder/haunting mystery The House of Fear, about an ill-fated stage production. 

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:    WHEN TOMORROW COMES [dir. John M. Stahl]

0h 51m 32s:    THE HOUSE OF FEAR [dir. Joe May]


Studio Film Capsules provided by The Universal Story by Clive Hirschhorn

Additional studio information from: The Hollywood Story by Joel W. Finler



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