Directed by John M. Stahl • 1939 • United States
Starring Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Barbara O’Neil
Romance and heartbreak walk hand in hand when concert pianist Philip Chagal (Charles Boyer) meets Helen Lawrence (Irene Dunne) by chance in a restaurant where she works as a waitress. Unhappily married to a wife (Barbara O’Neil) who suffers from mental illness, the dashing Philip is immediately smitten with the union activist Helen—but the two are soon forced to confront hard choices about their future and obligations. One of several films directed by John M. Stahl that was more famously remade by Douglas Sirk in the 1950s (this one as INTERLUDE), WHEN TOMORROW COMES displays the stylistic purity that made Stahl a major artist in his own right.