|I’ll Never Forget You (1951)
Run time: 90 min
Genres: Drama | Fantasy | Romance
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writers: John L. Balderston, Ranald MacDougall
Stars: Tyrone Power, Ann Blyth, Michael Rennie
An American physicist, Peter Standish, lives in London in an inherited flat on Berkeley Square, unchanged from its 18th century appearance. He’s researched his ancestors and the flat, and he believes somehow he will travel through time, if only briefly, to 1784. A lightning strike transports him, and he finds things disturbingly different than he expected: disease and social conditions appall him, and, in this Age of Reason, his speech, manners, and knowledge frighten rather than interest all except one young woman, Helen, the sister of the woman he’s to marry. He sets up a laboratory in the hopes of hastening progress, and he tells her his secret. Does love or Bedlam await? Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Release Date: 7 December 1951 (USA)
I’LL NEVER FORGET YOU is the remake of BERKELEY SQUARE and is about scientist Peter Standish (Tyrone Power) who has such a love of the past that he "wills" himself back to the eighteenth century. While there, he falls in love with a girl who never existed (Ann Blyth).
Since he knows about future events he is looked upon as a conjurer, at first; but as his predictions never fail, he soon comes to be seen as an emisary of the devil.
With his 20th century knowledge of science, he makes models of famous inventions: the electric light, the steam engine, and talks about splitting the atom and using chloroform in surgery. He believes he can speed up progress by a century and a half, and is surprised to find that people are afraid of his ideas. The 18th century is not at all as he expected. He is shocked by the filth and the cruelty he sees all around him. The only thing he loves about the era is Helen. But she too is taken away from him as he is mysteriously whisked back to the 20th century.
The film was made in the U.K.; was evidently poorly distributed in the U.S. and is quite difficult to see. I’LL NEVER FORGET YOU is superior to BERKELEY SQUARE (which seems very stagey when seen today). Along the way, many fine British character actors play wonderful cameos of Dr. Johnson (Robert Atkins) and the Duchess of Devonshire (Kathleen Byron, more famous as the sex mad nun in BLACK NARCISSUS).
If you like romantic films and you ever get the chance, see this film.
I saw this movie "I’ll Never Forget You", about 20 year ago and it was very entertaining. The story was very fresh ,in the sense that it was not a retread as we are all use to now a days. I would go as far as to say, it’s one of the best fantasy / dramas of 20th century film making. Tyrone Power and Ann Blight performances make us believe their characters. The fantasy and drama of this film really comes through. I ,for one, would like to see it re-released on DVD, so young people could get a chance to see it. You know, the violence, we call movie making now days, is not conducive to entertainment or brain power. This movie is entertaining and leaves room for thought.
I saw this movie in 1951, when I was seven years old. Because several scenes remained engraved on my mind, years later, when I recalled those scenes, I was able to identify the stars (Tyrone Power and Ann Blythe). Heaven knows how I remembered the name of the movie. I am DYING to see it again because of the powerful impression it made on me as a little girl. I scour the TV Guide regularly, but so far no luck. Does anyone have any idea who owns this movie? I keep hoping Turner will find it in some lot of films he buys and show it on his TCM station.
If you haven’t seen this movie you are missing Tyrone Power’s best performance. It’s a beautiful love story, and the ending is memorable. This movie is almost impossible to find in the rental store in the U.S.A, but I think it is available in England. This story is a candidate for a remake by a savvy producer, and I hope, but doubt it will ever be remade. I think the movie should be re-released and placed in the racks of the rental store, so others of the new generation would have the opportunity to see this entertaining flick. I recommend this movie, especially if you want to see a love story the way they were portrayed approximately 40 years ago.