Things to Come (1936)

Things to Come
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TitleThings to Come
Year1936
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreScience Fiction (Movies)
CollectionChristmas, H.G. Wells
Run Time1h 36 min
Director

In the city of Everytown in southern England, businessman John Cabal cannot enjoy Christmas Day, 1940, with the news everywhere of possible war. His guest, Harding, shares his worries, while another friend, the over-optimistic Pippa Passworthy, believes it will not come to pass, and if it does, it will accelerate technological progress. An aerial bombing raid on the city that night results in general mobilisation and then global war.

Months later, Cabal, now a Royal Air Force airman piloting a Hawker Fury, shoots down an enemy aircraft dropping gas on the British countryside. He lands and pulls the badly injured enemy pilot from the wreckage. As they dwell on the madness of war, they put on their gas masks, as poison gas drifts in their direction. When a young girl runs towards them the wounded pilot insists she take his mask, choosing to accept death to save her life. Cabal takes the girl to his aeroplane, pausing to leave the doomed man a revolver. The pilot dwells on the irony that he may have gassed the child’s family and yet he has sacrificed his own life in order to save her. A gun shot is heard.

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Things to Come
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Cast:

Raymond Massey Raymond Massey
John Cabal / Oswald Cabal
Edward Chapman Edward Chapman
Pippa Passworthy / Raymond Passworthy
Margaretta Scott Margaretta Scott
Roxana / Rowena
Cedric Hardwicke Cedric Hardwicke
Theotocopulos
Derrick De Marney Derrick De Marney
Richard Gordon
Ann Todd Ann Todd
Mary Gordon
Pearl Argyle Pearl Argyle
Catherine Cabal

In the city of Everytown in southern England, businessman John Cabal cannot enjoy Christmas Day, 1940, with the news everywhere of possible war. His guest, Harding, shares his worries, while another friend, the over-optimistic Pippa Passworthy, believes it will not come to pass, and if it does, it will accelerate technological progress. An aerial bombing raid on the city that night results in general mobilisation and then global war.

Months later, Cabal, now a Royal Air Force airman piloting a Hawker Fury, shoots down an enemy aircraft dropping gas on the British countryside. He lands and pulls the badly injured enemy pilot from the wreckage. As they dwell on the madness of war, they put on their gas masks, as poison gas drifts in their direction. When a young girl runs towards them the wounded pilot insists she take his mask, choosing to accept death to save her life. Cabal takes the girl to his aeroplane, pausing to leave the doomed man a revolver. The pilot dwells on the irony that he may have gassed the child’s family and yet he has sacrificed his own life in order to save her. A gun shot is heard.

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