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Emily Blair is rich and deaf. Doctor Vance, who grew up poor in Blairtown, is working on a serum to cure deafness which he tries on Emily. It doesn't work. Her sister is carrying on an affair with her fiance Jeff. Vance tries a new serum which causes Emily to faint... Will it work this time ?Written by
Ed Stephan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alan Ladd and Loretta Young star in "And Now Tomorrow" from 1944, also starring Susan Hayward, Barry Sullivan, and Beulah Bondi.
Young is Emily Blair, a woman from a wealthy family, who becomes deaf after a bout of meningitis. She goes from specialist to specialist, but no one can help her. Finally the family doctor (Cecil Kellaway) brings in his protegee, Merek Vance (Ladd) now working in Pittsburgh, who has had success in curing deafness. They convince Emily to give his treatment a try, which means serum injections weekly for as long as it takes. But Vance promises to tell her right away if he thinks the treatments are useless.
Emily has delayed her marriage to Jeff (Sullivan) hoping for a cure, but in the interim, he and her sister Janice (Hayward) have fallen in love and are sneaking around.
This is an entertaining film, and I liked the pairing of Ladd and Young, though the script was choppy. The intentions of the characters were not clearly defined -- Vance is from the other side of the tracks and resents the Blair family, for whom his father worked. Then suddenly he's in love with Emily. Janice acts like she hates and is jealous of her sister sometimes, and other times, she's kind and loving. Emily herself is a society brat one minute and seems misunderstood the next.
The underlying subtext - I think - is that Emily is "deaf" to real life, and starts to "hear" and understand when she goes with the doctor to the home of a family in Shantytown. But you have to be a Rhodes scholar to figure that out, or to see 5000 films as I have.
One other thing which bothered me - this idea of not using the serum on Emily but testing it on charity patients. This is completely unethical. I know that Dr. Mellon, director of the Hospital Pasteur in Haiti, would not allow experimental drugs to be tested on Haitians. Testing drugs is done by volunteers who fit a set of parameters.
Nonetheless, I loved the actors, all of whom were very good. The author of the novel on which the film is based, Rachel Field, also wrote "All This, and Heaven Too," which was a beautiful film starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer.
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