Now and Forever (1934 film)

Now and Forever
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced by Louis D. Lighton
Written by Screenplay:
Vincent Lawrence
Sylvia Thalberg
Jack Kirkland
Melville Baker
Starring Gary Cooper
Carole Lombard
Shirley Temple
Music by Harry Revel
Mack Gordon
Cinematography Harry Fischbeck
Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 31, 1934 (1934-08-31)
Country United States
Language English

Now and Forever is a 1934 American drama film directed by Henry Hathaway. The screenplay by Vincent Lawrence and Sylvia Thalberg was based on a story by Jack Kirkland and Melville Baker. The film stars Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, and Shirley Temple in a story about a criminal going straight for his child's sake. Temple sang "The World Owes Me a Living". The film was critically well received. Temple adored Cooper who nicknamed her 'Wigglebritches' (Windeler 140). This is the only film in which Lombard and Temple appeared together.



The film was popular at the box office.[1]

Critical reception

The New York Times thought the film "a sentimental melodrama" and "a pleasant enough entertainment." Temple was highly praised for her performance.[2]

Temple sang "The World Owes Me a Living",[3] a version of which also featured in a Silly Symphonies animation of The Ant and the Grasshopper[4] in the same year. Louella Parsons was amazed "at the ease with which [Temple] reels off her lines, saying big words and expressions. There is nothing parrot-like about Shirley. She knows what she is talking about." Temple-fever spread with the release of the film. Her fan mail (which numbered 400–500 letters a day) was delivered in huge mail sacks to the studio and a secretary was hired to manage it (Edwards 66).

Home media

In 2009, the film was available on DVD.

See also


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External links

  • TCM Movie Database
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