'It would make a stone cry' said Orson Welles and was right about Leo McCarey film.
Make Way For Tomorrow,showed a couple talks about losing his house by the bank because don't have resources to repay it and they call the 5 children to inform them of the problem.Unable to host both of them,suggest and virtually force them to live in different homes and cities.The couple separated out and knows the non-acceptance of his children, who more than take care of their own, looking for ways and excuses to get rid of them.However, the communication between them keep their power and given an appointment after months of reminding them of the happiest days of their lives.
The management of the material is great,the comments on other aspects of American society while not missing dialogues and especially the sight of actors often create strong emotional charge.Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi are great, playing simple,without extremes in order to present the more accessible and real characters in public.McCarey fought and succeeded to keep the end as he wanted, without fake happy end, but holds an almost magical atmosphere in the last 20 minutes showing a New York unrealistic friendly to old couple to ease the pain caused by the distance between them.
And the final scene?Just amazing with excellent dialogues and Orson Welles says it all.
Leo McCarey used to say until his death in 1969,that it was the best and most beloved film.I totally agree!!!!