Love, Sacrifice, and More Sacrifice: And Now Tomorrow (1944)
Alan Ladd's the doctor of love to struck deaf
Loretta Young in this melodrama directed by Irving Picheland co-written by Raymond Chandler. Putting the latter
with Ladd makes one think noir, or at the least rough play, but this is a plush
chair after design of Dark Victory, with AL
more concerned with class distinctions than a jammed .45. His bedside manner
could use work, at one point blowing out a match and saying, Kids die like that
all the time. Was Chandler
having sport with work he found lachrymose?Cures come by way of a
"serum," a term I never hear in present-day clinics, but maybe it was
more common to medical discourse then. Everyone's fixed on doing the
"honorable" thing, thus delay in appropriate couples getting together.
And Now Tomorrow was catnip to fan mag trade, being popular novel-derived and
featuring Ladd just back from his service hitch. Loretta Young had by this time
ossified to phony-baloney "movie star" posturing, not a hint of
reality in characters she played. Realization on her rich girl part that it's
better to be poor but proud comes off absurd as it would in actual life
(spoiler: she gets to keep wrong-side-of-tracks Ladd plus the money). AL takes first billing; they had teamed a year before for
where Young got top placement. Wonder if respective agents quarreled over this.
And Now Tomorrow can be had on Region 2 from England, but it could use a fresh
transfer. Seems like corporate pride, if nothing else, would inspire negative
owner Universal to clean up DVD acts.