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Turn Back the Clock (1933)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Mary Gimlet / Mary Wright
George Barbier ...
Pete Evans
Elvina Wright / Elvina Gimlet
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dave Holmes
Clara Blandick ...
Joe's Mother


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 <>

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Release Date:

25 August 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Voltando ao Passado  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First appearance of Curly Howard with the Three Stooges in a full-length feature film. See more »


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


Elvina Wright: Well, what do you care what Mary does and who she goes with?
Joe Gimlet: That's right. I don't care! I don't care what she does. Do anything she likes. Marry a Chinaman for all of me.
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Remade as Turn Back the Clock (1989) See more »


When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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Unique for its time - an excellent film for Lee Tracy fans
30 April 2005 | by (Hollywood CA) – See all my reviews

A unique film of the "if I had it all to do over" variety, Turn Back The Clock gives Lee Tracy a chance to show the full range of his talents as an average Joe who wants a second chance at life and gets it.

Director Edgar Selwyn and screenwriter Ben Hecht delivered a small masterpiece in 1933 that might seem familiar now to later generations. Everyone from Frank Capra to Rod Serling has used the same theme successfully - the lesson to be learned: you can't change the past without consequences, so maybe its better just to be happy with what you have.

TCM has this one in its vault, so see it if you're a Tracy fan. You won't be disappointed. Excellent performances by Mae Clarke and Peggy Shannon as well. Funny and dramatic with some of the delightful over the top stuff you'd expect from an early Thirties film, but fast and insightful at the same time.

Oh, and an uncredited guest bit with The Three Stooges as wedding singers!

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