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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
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Inspector Mulrooney
John Philliber ...
Pop Benson
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Jake Shomberg
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Mr. Gordon
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Mr. Beckstein
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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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Comedy | Fantasy

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28 May 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first telecasts of this film occurred in Los Angeles Sunday 7 December 1947 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 18 January 1948 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Gordon: You're fired.
Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens: You can't fire me. I quit.
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Remade as La hora 24 (1990) See more »

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I Would Not Die in Spring Time
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Written by Stephen Foster (as Milton Moore)
Sung by the newspaper men
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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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