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Turn Back the Clock (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 August 1933 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Joe Gimlet
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Mary Gimlet / Mary Wright
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Ted Wright
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Elvina Wright / Elvina Gimlet
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dave Holmes
Clara Blandick ...
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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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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 »

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Remade as Turn Back the Clock (1989) See more »

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You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline
(1903) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Armstrong
Lyrics by Richard H. Gerard
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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"President Wilson is hollerin' for me!"
23 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Lee Tracy earns a meager living as a cigar store owner with his wife Mae Clarke. One night, after a fight with his wife over money, he's hit by a car and wakes up in the hospital to find he's twenty years in the past. Now he can do things differently, including marrying wealthy Peggy Shannon. Armed with knowledge of the future, he becomes successful and powerful. But over time he comes to realize how good he had it in his other life.

A good role for Lee Tracy, a largely forgotten star from the 1930s. Tracy was a versatile actor, equally great at both comedy and drama. Mae Clarke and Peggy Shannon are both excellent here. Fine support from Otto Kruger, C. Henry Gordon, and Clara Bandick. Look out for the cameo from the Three Stooges. It's the first film appearance of the Stooges after Curly had joined. Love those MGM sets. A compelling tale of "what might have been," years before It's a Wonderful Life and countless other movies used similar ideas. Especially interesting for history buffs as the movie offers insights on views back then regarding a variety of topics from World War I on up to the Great Depression.


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