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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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25 August 1933 (USA)  »

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Voltando ao Passado  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The $4,000 in savings Joe and Mary argue about investing with Ted is the equivalent of $71,250 in 2015. See more »

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

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Ted Wright: Oh, wait 'til I tell you about the time Joe and I made a blind date with two girls that called at the drug store.
Joe Gimlet: You mean the Chippeway twins.
Ted Wright: Ha-ha. The Chippeway twins. We called them Africans and they turned out to be Indians.
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By the Light of the Silvery Moon
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Played on piano by an unidentified man and Sung by Larry Fine, Curly Howard and Moe Howard at the wedding party
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Lee Tracy Struts His Stuff
2 March 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A middle-aged shopkeeper is given the chance to TURN BACK THE CLOCK and see what his life would have been like had he made other choices when young.

Human dynamo Lee Tracy animates this whimsical fantasy about second chances. (Somewhat ironic, in that a `second chance' was exactly what MGM would not give Tracy after his spectacular fall from grace in 1934.) This was one of 5 films which Tracy would make for MGM in a very busy 1933, his total output at the Studio. As always, he energizes his every scene. Always engaging & enjoyable to watch, it is a shame that he is almost forgotten today.

Costars Clara Blandick (mother), Mae Clarke (wife), George Barbier (father-in-law), and Otto Kruger (rich friend) all provide very competent assistance, but this is really Tracy's film all the way.

Movie mavens will spot uncredited performances by Charley Grapewin as Tracy's boyhood doctor, and The Three Stooges (Moe & Curly Howard and Larry Fine), playing it straight as singers at Tracy's wedding.

Notice the fine attention to detail which MGM gives the shots of Tracy's hometown - the busy streets and authentic-looking buildings. It was this high level of production value - even for a `B' picture such as this - which was one of the Studio's hallmarks.


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