Review: ‘Now and Forever’ (1956)

Now and Forever, based on the play The Orchard Walls by R.F. Delderfield, tells the story of a romance between Janette, played by Janette Scott, and Mike, played by Vernon Gray. Both are young and from different backgrounds, and after realising that they will not be allowed to be together, they decide to elope to Gretna Green in Scotland to marry.

Released in 1956, Now and Forever is not a very well known film, and there is not much information about it to be found. As a former child star, Janette Scott was marketed as this being her first film role as an adult. The supporting cast also includes Kay Walsh as her teacher, Pamela Brown as her mother, and Jack Warner as Mike’s father.

Now and Forever is advertised as being a heart-warming love story, and from looking at the artwork for the film, you would probably think that this is a romantic film. Although this aspect is central to the plot, as we are following a young couple and their growing relationship, the film is much more dramatic than it may first appear. There are many dramatic scenes with people crying and screaming at each other, and a lot of teenage angst between the two main characters and their parents.

The film is very charming, and the two leads do very well in their role as lovers separated by the class system. However, it is easy to see how this film has been mostly forgotten over the years. It doesn’t seem to know its place between being a romantic film and a heavy drama. It is clearly trying to send out a message about romance, but everything that happens in the script is very predictable. The issue of class is also very brushed over, although it seems to be the underlying problem for everything happening in the film.

I did enjoy Now and Forever, and was delighted to see Bryan Forbes appear briefly in the film with a few lines, although I wish he had a bigger role. I also really enjoyed the settings which are beautiful, although I cannot find any information about the locations used.

I don’t think I will be rushing to see the film again anytime soon, as one viewing feels enough. Despite the predictability of the plot, it is a likeable addition to the 1950s British drama genre, and with its release on DVD, it may just find a whole new audience.

Now and Forever is available to buy now from Network.

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About writingsuzanne

History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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