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A Song for Tomorrow (1948)

Derek Wardell is struck with amnesia, and the last thing he remembers is the beautiful voice of the opera singer Helen Maxwell. When he regains consciousness, Wardell thinks that he's in love with her.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

William Fairchild (screenplay) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), William Fairchild (story) (as W.E.C. Fairchild)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evelyn McCabe Evelyn McCabe ... Helen Maxwell
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Roger Stanton
Shaun Noble Shaun Noble ... Derek Wardell
James Hayter ... Nicholas Klausmann
Valentine Dunn Valentine Dunn ... Mrs. Wardell
Yvonne Forster Yvonne Forster ... Nurse
Carleen Lord Carleen Lord ... Helen's Dresser
Ethel Coleridge Ethel Coleridge ... Woman in cinema
Conrad Phillips ... Lieutenant Fenton
Martin Boddey ... Major
Sam Kydd ... Sergeant
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... Mr. Stokes
Christopher Lee ... Auguste
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Derek Wardell is struck with amnesia, and the last thing he remembers is the beautiful voice of the opera singer Helen Maxwell. When he regains consciousness, Wardell thinks that he's in love with her.

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opera | melodrama | amnesia | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Song of Tomorrow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first film directed by Terence Fisher. See more »

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Traditional tune, words by Thomas Moore
Sung by Evelyn McCabe
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get your hankies ready!
29 March 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

This is a real tear-jerker! *dries eyes* Derek has been injured in the war and is in hospital to have an operation. The doctor opens the window and the lovely singing of Helen Maxwell drifts into the room as Derek is anaethetised. Alas, when he wakes up it is with his memory gone. He doesn't remember his fiancee, and his mother is a stranger to him.

Four years later, Derek is playing the piano in a club, and Helen appears as the singer. The moment she opens her mouth, he freezes - he recognises her voice! It turns out Helen's voice is the only thing he can remember from before his operation, and his doctor encourages her to spend time with him, and sing to him, to see if she can help bring his memory back. They end up falling in love, but his memory does not return. Then the doctor thinks of one last idea, the final chance at bringing back Derek's memory, but in doing so, Helen faces the fact that she may lose him forever, and has to make a heartbreaking choice.

Good for a rainy afternoon tear-fest, but a little quick at just an hour in length. 9/10


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