'Til We Meet Again

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

This remake of 1932's ONE WAY PASSAGE (which starred William Powell and Kay Francis) is an unabashed weeper that yanks mercilessly at the heartstrings of the audience. However, thanks to the fine casting of Oberon and Brent, as well as a number of entertaining supporting players, 'TIL WE MEET AGAIN proves to be an effective melodrama. Oberon and Brent fall...read more

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This remake of 1932's ONE WAY PASSAGE (which starred William Powell and Kay Francis) is an unabashed weeper that yanks mercilessly at the heartstrings of the audience. However, thanks to the fine casting of Oberon and Brent, as well as a number of entertaining supporting players, 'TIL WE

MEET AGAIN proves to be an effective melodrama. Oberon and Brent fall in love while on a transatlantic ocean cruise. What they keep secret from each other is that neither of them has long to live. Brent is a captive criminal being transported to San Quentin for a ride in the electric chair, while

Oberon is inflicted with a fatal heart condition. Luckily for the lovers, Brent's captor, police officer O'Brien, is understanding and allows them a certain amount of freedom and privacy. In addition to keeping an eye on Brent, O'Brien has been eyeing Fitzgerald, a tourist who is sympathetic to

the lovers' plight. Brent gets his chance at freedom, only to learn Oberon's secret. Surrendering to fate, Brent returns to the ship with Oberon. The downbeat finale has both Oberon and Brent meeting their maker. The chief difference between this version and its predecessor is length. Where ONE

WAY PASSAGE needed only 69 minutes to tell its story, 'TIL WE MEET AGAIN stretched it out another 30 minutes. Most of the padding occurs in the romance between O'Brien and Fitzgerald, which is only barely touched on in the original. Jack Warner had originally hoped to get Bette Davis in the

picture, but Davis' merciless schedule (and her strong dislike for Warner) caused her to take a four-month vacation instead.

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