Return to Yesterday (1940)

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Robert Maine is torn between returning to the glamour of Hollywood and working with a small theatre company in England. When she falls in love with Maine, Carol has the same dilemma.


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3 March 2017 | drednm
| Breezy and Bittersweet
The underrated Clive Brook stars as a movie star discontented with his life and yearning for the days of his youth when he had a passion for acting and life. On a whim he disembarks a train and comes upon a struggling group of actors in a seaside town. He gets hired and helps them put on a show. He also falls in love with the leading lady (Anna Lee).

Utterly charming film that clocks in at 70 minutes. Brook is terrific as he gets carried away with his newfound theatrical adventure and love, knowing somehow that reality will catch up with him. He cannot return to yesterday.

Co-stars include May Witty as the old actress, O.B. Clarence as her husband, Elliott Mason as Priskin the acerbic landlady, David Tree as the playwright, Milton Rosmer as the crooked manager, Olga Lindo as his wife, Hartley Power as the American agent, and Mollie Rankin as Christine.

Clive Brook had been in films since 1920 and would cap his film career in 1944 with ON APPROVAL. He would return one last time for a small role in THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER in 1963. For a while in the early talkie period, Brook rivaled Ronald Colman as the epitome of the urbane British sophisticate.

Based on a play by Robert Morley, this story was filmed several times under its original title GOODNESS, HOW SAD.

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