Tomorrow the World

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Even though he is a very young man still, Emil (Skip Homeier) has been brainwashed by the Nazis and their propaganda. As his mind is young and impressionable, Emil is convinced that what he has learned is right, even if most of the world disagrees with him. Soon, Emil is sent to live with his uncle Mike (Frederic March), who lives in America. Now Mike knows the story with Emil and his time in the Hitler Youth, so he goes out of his way to make him feel at home, but nothing seems to work with this kid. After he arrives in his new home, Emil begins to spread his beliefs to anyone who will listen, as well as causing all sorts of problems for those around him. From his trouble making in the classroom to his hatred in his own house, Emil is filled with rage and refuses to listen to reason. But Mike and his friends & family continue to try to reach Emil, as they are certain at some point, they can reverse all of the brainwashing.

This might have been released over fifty years ago, but the basic message still works today, which ensures the film still stands up well. I’d never seen this picture before, but I had heard some good reviews, so I was looking forward to this disc, to be sure. I found the movie to be very powerful at times and strong in all respects, as minimal flaws were to be seen here. The writing is here is terrific and since it was based on a prize winning play, I assume the screenwriters didn’t have much trouble bringing it to the silver screen. Some of the dialogue is amazing and though some bad spots surface, the good far outweighs the bad in the case. The cast is lead by Frederic March and includes Betty Field, Skip Homeier, and Agnes Moorehead, all of whom turn in fine performances here. This is a fine example of powerful dramatic cinema and as such, I recommend this release to all those interested.

This film boasts an impressive cast, but I feel the finest turn comes from Frederic March. Of course, this should come as no surprise, as March delivered a lot of powerful performances in his career, so this is yet another notch in his belt. March seems very natural in this role and his work with Skip Homeier here is classic, very real in texture and design. I do like his screen time with Homeier the best here, but he turns in a solid overall performance, as per usual. Other films with March include The Best Years of Our Lives, A Star Is Born, I Married A Witch, Seven Days In May, The Iceman Cometh, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The rest of the cast includes Mary Newton (The Devil’s Mask, The Lady From Shanghai), Skip Homeier (The Lone Gun, Dawn At Socorro), Betty Field (Picnic, Butterfield 8), and Agnes Moorehead (Show Boat, Citizen Kane).

Video: How does it look?

Tomorrow The World is presented in a full frame transfer, which how the film was intended to be shown. This is a solid visual effort, but the source print does show debris and damage at times. But then again, with a film of this age, you have to expect some source flaws and as such, I think the level here is not that bad. Some scenes are very clean in fact and the bad ones, they just have some scratches and lines at times. The black & white image is good though, with no contrast problems in the least, which means the detail is high and never murky or overly bright. I do wish this print was a little cleaner, but this is still a nice looking transfer.

Audio: How does it sound?

Not much to discuss here, as the included mono is basic, but not much else. No real problems surface though, as the music sounds clean and full (as far as mono goes), while sound effects have a nice presence also. I do think the dialogue is a little thin here and there, but on the whole, the vocals are crisp and at a proper volume. This is a clean track, which is about all you can ask for in this case.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus features.

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