STARDUST AND SHADOWS suggests another off the path story in TOMORROW THE WORLD (1944) . The picture was Directed by Leslie Fenton who was married to Anne Dvorak. Its a story of a German Boy Emil (Skip Homeier)who is sent to America to live to live with his Uncle Mike Frame (Fredric March). Emil has been exposed to the Hitler Youth training even struts around: spouting Nazi idealogy in a uniform complete with dagger. Fredric March is wonderful as the upright Mike Frame who is going to marry Leona Richards (Betty Field) who is Jewish. Agnes Moorhead has a good turn as Frame’s sister Jessie. The picture features some not so typical strong roles for children particularly Joan Carol in the role of Pat Frame. The children have the distinction of solving Emils intigration into American society by doing many of the actions adults had done in picture of the time. They hunt down Emil at the conclusion and show him the error of his ways.
TOMORROW THE WORLD (1944) is one of handful of wartime films that tried to show the plight of the everyday German during, that time. It was was also a successful play under the same title with Homeier in the role of Emil on Broadway.
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