Return to Yesterday

Return to Yesterday is a 1940 British comedy-drama film directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Clive Brook and Anna Lee.[1] It was based on Robert Morley's play Goodness, How Sad.[2] The film was made at Ealing Studios.[1]

Return to Yesterday
Original UK film poster
Directed byRobert Stevenson
Produced byS.C. Balcon
Screenplay byMargaret Kennedy
Angus MacPhail
Roland Pertwee
Robert Stevenson
Based onGoodness, How Sad
by Robert Morley
StarringClive Brook
Anna Lee
Dame May Whitty
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyRonald Neame
Edited byCharles Saunders
Distributed byABFD
Release date
  • 9 March 1940 (1940-03-09) (UK)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A British Hollywood star goes AWOL on his way back to Hollywood after a visit in London. The reason is an impromptu decision to leave the train on his way to the ocean liner in Southampton when it passes the seaside resort where he once worked as a struggling actor at a local theatre. Without anyone but his old landlady realising who he is, he then agrees to appear in latest production of a travelling repertory theatre company when it loses its leading man a few days before the premiere, and falls in love with the leading lady.


Critical reception

Allmovie called it "A delightful film that begs to be rediscovered."[2]


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