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It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  28 May 1944 (USA)
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A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.

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Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens
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Sylvia Smith / Sylvia Stevens
Jack Oakie ...
Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
Edgar Kennedy ...
Inspector Mulrooney
John Philliber ...
Pop Benson
Edward Brophy ...
Jake Shomberg
George Cleveland ...
Mr. Gordon
Sig Ruman ...
Mr. Beckstein
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Shep
George Chandler ...
Bob
Eddie Acuff ...
Jim
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In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens is an ambitious reporter of The Evening News. One day, he is celebrating with his colleagues and he tells his friend Pop Benson that he would like to know the news in advance before it happens. While they are walking on the street, they see a poster of the clairvoyant Cigolini and his gorgeous niece Sylvia Smith and they decide to go to a theater to see the show. Larry flirts with Sylvia and on his way back home, he overhears Pop on the street and the old man tells that he is waiting for him and gives a newspaper to him. Larry does not give much attention and puts the newspaper in the pocket of his jacket. On the next morning, he finds that the newspaper is an edition of the next day. Larry uses the information to scoop about a hold up in the opera house, becoming the prime suspect of Inspector Mulrooney. Larry dates Sylvia and Pop gives another edition of The Evening News of the next day. Larry becomes a successful ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 25, 1944 with Dick Powell and Linda Darnell reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

After Sylvia and Larry are married, as she goes to hug Uncle Oscar, a shadow of the boom microphone moves from right to left over both of them as they embrace. See more »

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Remade as La hora 24 (1990) See more »

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Ah, fors' e lui
from "La Traviata"
(uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Jean Forward as Nellie Melba, when the newspaperman and his girl friend are at the opera house, waiting for the box office robbery.
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Fun to Watch, & Not Without a Point Either
11 July 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Certainly, the best reason to watch "It Happened Tomorrow" is that it is fun to watch, with an interesting premise, a story and characters that are pleasantly exaggerated to just the right degree, and a good pace that keeps things moving. But it's not without a point, either, and by keeping things from ever getting too serious, it's rather effective in its implied observations.

The likable Dick Powell and the appealing Linda Darnell work well together, giving solid performances without trying to get more out of their characters than they should. Jack Oakie is nicely cast as the boorish uncle of Darnell's character, and he gets some very good moments.

The premise of reading tomorrow's news is certainly familiar in other forms and from other pictures, but it is the kind of interesting idea that always works well when it is in good hands. René Clair has the right feel for it, keeping things light most of the time, and adding some creative details. The story is often very clever in showing the ways that the advance knowledge both influences and misleads the characters.

The story moves fairly quickly, with some good period detail. It's an enjoyable movie and also, without being heavy-handed or obtrusive, illustrates some worthwhile ideas.


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