When Tomorrow Comes (film)

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When Tomorrow Comes
When Tomorrow Comes poster.jpg
Directed by John M. Stahl
Produced by John M. Stahl
Written by James M. Cain (story)
Dwight Taylor
Starring Irene Dunne
Charles Boyer
Music by Charles Previn
Cinematography John J. Mescall
Edited by Milton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 11, 1939 (1939-08-11) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

When Tomorrow Comes is a 1939 American drama romance film directed by John M. Stahl starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. A waitress falls in love with a man who later turns out to be a married concert pianist. Bernard B. Brown won the Academy Award for Best Sound.[1]

A scene in the movie where the two protagonists take refuge from a storm in a church was the subject of Cain v. Universal Pictures, a case in which the writer James M. Cain sued Universal Pictures, the scriptwriter and the director for copyright infringement. Judge Leon Rene Yankwich ruled that there was no resemblance between the scenes in the book and the film other than incidental "scènes à faire", or natural similarities due to the situation, establishing an important legal precedent.[2]



  1. ^ "The 12th Academy Awards (1940) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  2. ^ Yankwich, Leon Rene (December 14, 1942). "CAIN v. UNIVERSAL PICTURES CO., Inc., et al.". District Court, S. D. California, Central Division. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 

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