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The Clock (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 25 May 1945 (USA)
In 1945, during a 48-hour leave, a soldier accidentally meets a girl at Pennsylvania Station and spends his leave with her, eventually falling in love with the lovely New Yorker.

Directors:

Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Nathan (screenplay), Joseph Schrank (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Alice Maybery
Robert Walker ... Corporal Joe Allen
James Gleason ... Al Henry
Keenan Wynn ... The Drunk
Marshall Thompson ... Bill
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Al Henry
Ruth Brady Ruth Brady ... Helen
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Storyline

Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together. In this short time they find themselves falling in love with each other, and they decide to get married before Joe has to return to camp. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Every second a heart-beat See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campanas del destino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,324,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The speech Alice gives to Joe on why she knows not to worry was originally supposed to be delivered by Robert Walker. However, director Vincente Minnelli had it rewritten so that Judy Garland (whom he was dating at the time) could do it. See more »

Goofs

When they get separated Joe is running along side the train leaving down the tracks. The next shot that shows the back of the train heading into the tunnel might have been reversed for some production reason because there is a sign on the wall with what appears to be a backwards 6. Also when looking in the back windows of the end car there seems to be nobody or very few people in it but when she was pushed into it they were packed in standing room only. See more »

Quotes

The Drunk: You are the most maddening lady creature I've ever been able to come in contact with. Let me take you out of all this.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Going Shopping (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Had You
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Shapiro, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Heard as background music
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A Simple, Yet Engaging Little Film
25 October 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Very simple, yet engaging, "The Clock" makes use of some rather interesting casting, some slight but sincere characters, and a story that still works all right despite no longer having its original immediacy. Judy Garland and Robert Walker work surprisingly well as the lead couple, and James Gleason probably makes the picture with his scenes. The title is appropriate, both for its reference to the role of the station clock in the plot and also as something of a simple metaphor of the broader situation faced by the characters.

Generally, the best reason for having Garland in the cast is for her singing, yet here she carries the role without using her best-known talent. By keeping the character simple but believable, it works all right. Whenever you see Walker, it's almost impossible not to think of "Strangers on a Train" (although, of course, that film came later), yet here he also succeeds with a very different, sensitive character.

In contrast, Gleason plays exactly the kind of character role that he does best and most naturally, and it's hard to see the movie working without him.

He comes along at just the right time to keep things from petering out, and his character seems to provide exactly what was needed to keep the story from getting off-track.

Much of the movie is not especially memorable, and the production is unspectacular, though solid. Yet it's hard not to come away with a positive feeling from watching this simple yet pleasant and thoughtful film.


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