Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland. In 2004, a computer colourised version was released under the title Beyond .

Plot Summary

The wealthy owners of an engineering company invite three strangers to join them for dinner on Christmas Eve. Only two of their guests, James and Jean, arrive and they quickly fall in love. But the hosts are later killed in a plane crash and return as to keep an eye on the young lovers.


Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Copyright MCMXL [1940] by Academy Productions Inc. Restored version copyright MM [2000] Blair & Associates, Ltd.
An RKO Radio picture. Academy Productions. Lee Garmes presents
Produced by: Lee Garmes
Associate Producer: Adele Comandini
Screen Play by: Adele Comandini
Original Story by: Mildred Cram, Adele Comandini
Director of Photography: Lester White
Film Editor: Otto Ludwig
Montage: Howard Anderson
Music by: Frank Tours
Sound Recording: William Wilmarth
Special Effects: Ned Mann, Jack Cosgrove
Art Director: Stephen Goosson

Charles Winninger (Michael O'Brien)
Richard Carlson (James Houston)
Maria Ouspenskaya (Madame Tanya)
Jean Parker (Jean Lawrence)
Helen Vinson (Arlene Terry)
C. Aubrey Smith (Allan ‘Chad' Chadwick)
Harry Carey (George Vale Melton)
Alex Melesh (Josef (butler))
Rod La Rocque (Phil Hubert)
J. Anthony Hughes (Officer Johnson)
Robert Homans (sergeant)
Virginia McMullen (secretary)
James Bush (Jace Taylor)
William Bakewell (David Chadwick)

Alternative Titles

Al di là del domani – Italy
Além da Eternidade – Portugal
Beyond Christmas – USA (re-release)
Dulce evocación – Spain
Wundervolles Weihnachten – Germany (DVD)
I zoi arhizei avrio – Greece



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.7 p.9


  • The New York Times 27 September 1940 Amusements Section p.32 – review (The Screen: Beyond Tomorrow at the Palace by T.S.)


  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.38
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.28-30 – credits, synopsis, review
  • by Walt Lee p.33 – credits
  • The RKO Features by James L. Neibaur p.28 – credits, synopsis
  • RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929-1956 by Michael R. Pitts p.29-31
  • Fantastic Films of the Decades Volume 3: The 40s Part 1: 1940-43 by Wayne Kinsey pp.11-12 – illustrated article