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
upending time gets a bit surreal even for a costume drama!
Rene Clair, the master of French Surrealist film, who collaborated with Francis Picabia, left France in the mid 1930's, and after a brief stop-over in he UK, came to Hollywood, where he made four films. This one is absolutely the best! Dick Powell is superb as the up-and-coming reporter who is given the chance to see tomorrow's headlines today (sounds like a bad TV show made in Chicago!)and Clair plays this (mis-)fortune out in excellent ways, combining whimsey, with pathos and humor, and bits of his old trademark, surrealism. Linda Darnell is also wonderful, and all fans of surrealism and sci-fi (after all, this is almost a form of time travel!) will enjoy this movie. Jack Oakie is also excellent, playing to his usual, funny and annoying character.
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