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It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 28 May 1944 (USA)
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
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Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
Edgar Kennedy ...
Inspector Mulrooney
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Pop Benson
Edward Brophy ...
Jake Shomberg
George Cleveland ...
Mr. Gordon
Sig Ruman ...
Mr. Beckstein
Paul Guilfoyle ...
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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About 15 minutes into the film, Powell quips to his housekeeper when she asks him if he needs his coat "Don't you think love might keep me warm?" and winks. This is a nod to Powell's song in the 1937 film "On the Avenue" See more »

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Dick Powell and Jack Oakie put down $30,000 on a horse at 2-1 odds. Upon winning, they go to the bookie and demand their $60,000. 2-1 odds should pay them $90,000 back. See more »

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Mr. Gordon: You're fired.
Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens: You can't fire me. I quit.
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Who Wants to Know the Future?
16 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There were many 'screwball comedies' in the 1930s and 1940s, and this film could probably be described as 'a comic screwball ghost film'. The French director Rene Clair evidently found it more convenient to be in America during the Nazi occupation of France, and this was a film which he shot there in English. I saw the DVD in a French issue, and the French subtitles did no justice at all to the racy colloquial English spoken in the film. Dick Powell, with his quirky laconic humour tinged with despondency (one imagines him going home after shooting to a lonely Scotch), is perfectly cast as a young journalist who wants to know tomorrow's news today. The old codger who kept the archives for the newspaper, eerily played by John Philliber, dies and comes back as a ghost to hand Powell the next day's paper in advance, and he does so several times. This leads to wildly incalculable results, including Powell being accused of murder and trying to escape his own murder of which he has read the report. Powell falls for the glamorous Linda Darnell, jealously protected by her uncle Jack Oakie, and there is a big tussle over her. It is all very lively and very jolly, and although it is not sophisticated, the implications are profound, as the nature of time is under serious consideration, however light-hearted the story may be. The film is adapted from a play by Lord Dunsany.


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