If Tomorrow Comes (miniseries)

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Sidney Sheldon's
If Tomorrow Comes
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  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Based onIf Tomorrow Comes
by Sidney Sheldon
Screenplay byCarmen Culver
Story bySidney Sheldon
Directed byJerry London
Theme music composerNick Bicât
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)Bob Markell
  • Carmen Culver
  • Nick Gillott
Production location(s)Fondation Ephrussie de Rothschild, Villa Ile-de-Frances, Cap Ferrat, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Ahmanson Mansion - 401 South Hudson Place, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California
PTC carousel, Pacific Ocean Park, Santa Monica, California
Spring Street Towers - 650 S. Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
Lee International Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
New Orleans
CinematographyDennis C. Lewiston
Paul Lohmann
Editor(s)Dick Darling
Bernard Gribble
George W. Brooks
Running time314 minutes
Production company(s)CBS Entertainment Production
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 16 –
March 18, 1986

Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes is a 1986 CBS miniseries based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Sidney Sheldon, starring Madolyn Smith, Tom Berenger and David Keith.[1][2] It was directed by Jerry London and the screenplay was written by Carmen Culver.

Plot summary[edit]

Trying to get justice for her wronged mother, Tracy Whitney is instead framed by a gangster and sent to prison for 15 years. At first a victim, Tracy makes alliances and plots her escape. She abandons her plan in order to save the warden's young daughter from drowning, earning herself a pardon. Tracy avenges herself and her mother, and is soon recruited by the mysterious Gunther Hartog to be a master thief. She crosses paths with another con artist, Jeff Stevens, to whom she is attracted but is not sure she can trust. Trailing behind them is the unstable insurance investigator Daniel Cooper.


Production and broadcast[edit]

The role of con artist Tracy required 16 disguises for Smith, who called the miniseries "a very classy soap opera" that is "fun and adventuresome".[2] The seven-hour miniseries was broadcast in three parts on March 16, 17 and 18, 1986.[2]


If Tomorrow Comes was released on VHS by Anchor Bay on September 30, 1997 (318 minutes), and in a two-disc DVD set from Image Entertainment on March 1, 2011 (313 minutes).


  1. ^ "If Tomorrow Comes". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Buck, Jerry (March 16, 1986). "Madolyn Smith Plays Bank Clerk Turned Con Artist". Daytona Beach News-Journal. p. TV-4. Retrieved February 18, 2015.

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