Film Review of Now and Forever: Shirley Temple in 1934 Drama With Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard

by DerdriuMarriner

How do characters played by Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, and Shirley Temple like living in Paris in the 1934 film version of "Now and Forever"?

An adventurer has a limited shelf-life.

Survival requires knowing when to stop and what to do with the rest of one’s life.

What will he do if two actions appear to carry the same immediate consequences in “Now and Forever?

The 1934 drama features child actress Shirley Temple with Gary Cooper as her jewel heisting father and Carole Lombard as Gary's love interest.

Shirley Temple at makeup table with teddy bear

A teddy bear named Grumpy participates in a revelation for Penny about her father (Gary Cooper).
A teddy bear named Grumpy participates in a revelation for Penny about her father (Gary Cooper).


Love can be challenging when it involves saying goodbye in Now and Forever by writers Vincent Lawrence and Sylvia Thalberg, story ideators Melville Baker and Jack Kirkland; producer Louis D. Lighton, and director Henry Hathaway. Harry Fischbeck; Ellsworth Hoagland; and Mack Gordon and Harry Revel handle cinematography, editing, and music. Filming showcases California’s San Bernardino National Forest.

The drama lasts 81 minutes. Its distributor was Paramount Pictures. Its USA-release date was August 31, 1934.

The movie begins with Jerome Day (Gary Cooper) collecting on overdue bills. He claims to be Occidental Hotel manager Mr. Ling’s (Tetsu Komai) auditor. His own Shanghai hotel bill is due. Toni Carstairs (Carole Lombard) is his companion of the last three years.

Jerry has a five- or six-year-old daughter, Penelope (Shirley Temple). Penny is the ward of Jerry’s deceased wife Elsie’s brother/attorney George (George Webb). Jerry plans to sell permanent custody for $75,000. Toni remains in Paris while Jerry goes to Connecticut.

Jerry claims Penny after hearing about Uncle George’s keeping boats padlocked because Penny likes imagined sailings near night-camping pirates. The two go to NYC. Jerry sells Felix Evans (Guy Standing) bogus gold mine options for $5,000.

Toni considers writing “My Breathless Years”, in which Jerry dies young. She demands that Jerry flee creditors alone or settle down with her. Jerry opts for family life. He sells real estate through Rivera Realty Company.

Felix contacts Jerry. He introduces himself as a swindler who accepts being swindled in order to be a blackmailer for money back with interest. He offers Jerry the choice of arrest or crime. He plans to steal Mrs. JHP Crane’s (Charlotte Granville) pearl necklace.

Jerry does not have the money for Penny’s school bill. He overdraws his account. Mrs. Crane suggests her adopting Penny. Jerry turns Mrs. Crane down even though he will go to prison if he does not help Felix or to debtor’s jail if he does not.

Mrs. Crane gives a party for Penny. Her pearls go missing after Penny:

  • Convinces a boy (Buster Phelps) to trade ball-bearing skates for (fool’s) gold;

  • Dances and sings to “The World Owes Me a Living”.

Penny questions Jerry’s role. Jerry swears “honor bright”, honest-to-goodness truth that he is not the perpetrator. Penny uncovers the pearls in her teddy bear.

The movie ends with:

  • Toni attributing the theft to Jerry’s concern over Penny’s schooling;

  • Jerry demanding the necklace from Felix;

  • Felix and Jerry fighting over Felix’s gun;

  • Both receiving mortal wounds;

  • Jerry returning the necklace to Mrs. Crane;

  • Jerry saying his goodbyes to Penny, whom Mrs. Crane will adopt, and Toni.


"Honor Bright" Crying Scenes Shirley Temple, Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard - Now and Forever ~ famous "Honor Bright" and teddy bear Grumpy scenes

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the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

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DerdriuMarriner on 02/12/2014

cmoneyspinner, For some strange reason "Now and Forever" seems to have slipped under the radar even for diehard fans. I saw it on TV in childhood and have never forgotten it. Such a treat to see Shirley with Carole Lombard and unforgettable Gary Cooper.
Thanks for sharing this.

cmoneyspinner on 02/12/2014

I don't believe it! I thought that I could boast about having seen every movie ever made with Shirley Temple in it. I've never seen this one!! With Gary Cooper? I have always loved Gary Cooper. I'll be sharing this. :)

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