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Turn Back the Clock (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 August 1933 (USA)
Joe and Mary run a tobacco store and are just scraping by. When old friend Ted comes into the store, they renew their friendship, even though Ted is now wealthy and married to Elvira, whom ... See full summary »

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Joe and Mary run a tobacco store and are just scraping by. When old friend Ted comes into the store, they renew their friendship, even though Ted is now wealthy and married to Elvira, whom Joe could have married himself, and become the rich one. After a domestic squabble Joe is hit by a car, and when he wakes up he is 20 years younger and can rectify his error and marry Elvina and her money. He does, relives his life as a wealthy man who still remembers his 'other' life, and what happened during those years. In the end he realizes that he isn't as happy as he was formerly, and things come to a head when his 'new' life catches up with his old one. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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He Led a Double Life - so he could double up on love!

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Comedy | Drama

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25 August 1933 (USA)  »

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Voltando ao Passado  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Ed Wynn is briefly shown as a cigar store customer (recognizable by his distinctive voice and face), though omitted from the credits. See more »

Goofs

President Woodrow Wilson's letter asking for Joe Gimlet's resignation misspells his last name as "Gimlett". See more »

Quotes

Joe Gimlet: Oh, go on, get back in bed, will you. We got to be patriotic!
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Remade as Turn Back the Clock (1989) See more »

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Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
In the score after Joe gives a speech to soldiers
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Well-mounted fantasy with a cameo by The Three Stooges!
27 April 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

This is the type of fantasy Frank Capra put his stamp on just a few years later. It stars Lee Tracy as a working-class guy who begins to regret his humble life after meeting up with old friends who have become wealthy; he gets his chance to go back in time and live his life over again. Premise has since been used time and again, but here it's given a surprisingly fresh and clear-eyed take. Tracy is the only acting liability among the performers(he's too broad for a subtle picture like this one). It's well-paced, amusing, shies away from mushy sentimentality, and features The Three Stooges--unbilled in a cameo as wedding singers!


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