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It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

Approved  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
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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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28 May 1944 (USA)  »

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René Clair's It Happened Tomorrow  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Writer Helene E. Fraenkel, who was working on her first film, observed Jack Oakie answering dialogue cues in his own words and generally rewriting his part. Clair observed that the actor always conveyed the information that was necessary, albeit in his own words. Fraenkel was surprised that Clair didn't seem threatened by these changes and, in fact, seemed to welcome them. See more »

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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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Attention "Early Edition" and "Twilight Zone" fans.
17 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

If you are a fan of the TV show "Early Edition" it should be noteworthy that it was based on the film "It Happened Tomorrow," director Rene Clair's 1944 fantasy follow-up to his own "I Married a Witch."

This early "Early Edition" is a classic film whose story is like one of the great "Twilight Zone" episodes complete with twists, irony and a lesson to be learned. In comparison to contemporary offerings it is nice to see a film that is both fun and intelligent. Though technically a drama, this film has plenty of comedy too.

One of my favorite actresses, Lynda Darnell ("Forever Amber"), co-stars along side Dick Powell and one of the great comedic side-kick actors of all time Jack Oakie. Comedy film buffs watch for Eddie Acuff (the mailman in the Blondie series) in an uncredited role.


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