It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

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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:
Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens
Sylvia Smith / Sylvia Stevens
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 ...
George Chandler ...
Eddie Acuff ...


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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Release Date:

28 May 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

René Clair's It Happened Tomorrow  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Pop Benson: News is what happens... Time is only an illusion!
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Remade as La hora 24 (1990) See more »


Light Cavalry Overture
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played when Larry and Cigolini are chasing the thief
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A unique film which set a precedent for thoughts on time travel
9 August 2003 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in the year of it's release in 1944 when I was 14 years old. I haven't seen it since I was in my early thirties and I am now in my middle seventies so perhaps I am viewing it through a rosy glow. I enjoyed Dick Powell as an actor once he got rid of playing in those silly musical films (42nd St type, etc)and rate this one a good comedy to compare at the side of his tougher vehicles like "Farewell My Lovely". His early death robbed the screen of an actor who hadn't yet fulfilled his potential. A pity there aren't more films like this one instead of the constant cycle of sex and violence with which the film industry is now preoccupied.

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