Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Following up their successful film Love Affair, Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne team up again for the romantic melodrama When Tomorrow Comes, based on a story by James M. Cain. Philip (Boyer) is a concert pianist who stops into a restaurant for lunch and meets waitress Helen Lawrence (Dunne). He follows her to a rally where she is planning a strike. The two fall in love despite the fact that Philip is married to Madeline (Barbara O'Neil), who suffers from psychotic spells after a miscarriage has brought her to madness. Helen goes on strike and Philip wants to take her to Long Island on his sailboat, but they are stranded by a hurricane. Taking refuge in a destroyed church, Helen learns about his wife and is forced to make a difficult decision. When Tomorrow Comes won an Academy award in 1939 for Best Sound, mostly due to the novel hurricane scene. This is one of three films by director John M. Stahl to be remade by Douglas Sirk in the late '50s and early '60s.
concert, craziness, employment, extramarital-affair, forbidden-love, friendship, hurricane, love, lover, love-triangle, marriage, miscarriage, piano, restaurant, romance, sentimental, star-crossed-lovers, stranded, striker, suffering, tragic-love, trip, waiter, wife