Tomorrow, the World! is a 1944 black-and-white film directed by Leslie Fenton and starring Fredric March, Betty Field, and Agnes Moorehead, about a young German boy (Skip Homeier) who had been active in the Hitler Youth who comes to live with his uncle in the United States, who tries to teach him to reject Nazism. It was based on the successful 1943 Broadway play of the same name.
The title comes from Hitler’s threat: “Today Germany; tomorrow the world.
The play Tomorrow, the World! opened on Broadway in New York City on 14 April 1943 and closed 17 June 1944 after 500 performances. The opening-night cast included Skip Homeier as Emil and Edit Angold as Frieda, both of whom originated their movie roles in the play, and Ralph Bellamy as Mike Frame, Shirley Booth as Leona Richards and Kathryn Givney as Jessie Frame.
Producer Lester Cowan bought the rights to the play for $75,000 plus 25% of the gross, not to exceed $350,000. He wanted to change the title of the film to “The Intruder,” but a poll of exhibitors voted him down.
Fredric March as Mike Frame
Betty Field as Leona Richards
Agnes Moorehead as Aunt Jessie Frame
Joan Carroll as Pat Frame
Edit Angold as Frieda – the Frames’ Maid
Skip Homeier as Emil Bruckner (as Skippy Homeier)