Hey Dumbbell! It’s the Sweetest Film of the Season
Borzage’s After Tomorrow — Restored Print from UCLA!

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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June 27
Directed by Frank Borzage • 1932
On twenty dollars a week, Charles Farrell can barely get by, let alone scrape together a down payment on a future with his dumbbell sweetheart, Marian Nixon. But the kids love each other (he even goes without cigarettes for a week to buy her some sheet music) and know that the promise of a private flat and a marital bed will be realized—after tomorrow. Until then, they have to contend with his wretched, doting mother (Josephine Hull), her wretched, indifferent mother (Minna Gombell), her kind-hearted but ineffectual schlemiel of a father (William Collier, Sr.), and a whole neighborhood so cramped you can’t do laundry without tripping over some kook fortune teller. Shot at the height of the Depression, After Tomorrow is an extraordinary and pungent slice of lower-middle class urban aspirations—every day you’re just one heart attack away from being put out of work forever or just one clove-flavored chewing gum formula away from beating the whole savings racket. From this potentially grim material (a Broadway hit from the year before), director Frank Borzage and cameraman James Wong Howe craft an exuberant, sure-footed tribute to the carnal drive of youth. For a movie that endorses waiting until you’re married, this tender pre-Code romance also empathically believes in not waiting a minute later than you have to. (KW)
Co-presented with portoluz–WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal
79 min. • Fox Film Corporation • Restored 35mm Print from UCLA Film & Television Archive
Short: “City of Contrasts” (Irving Browning, 1931) – 16mm – 18 min

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