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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
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 ...
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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28 May 1944 (USA)  »

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René Clair's It Happened Tomorrow  »

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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 »


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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Light Cavalry Overture
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Writing on the Wall
15 April 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"It Happened Tomorrow" could have stood a better beginning - the choice to introduce the story with elderly Dick Powell and Linda Darnell (as Larry and Sylvia Smith) celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss sacrifices the story's surprises. The film does possess the light touch required to make the framing sequence charming. But, director René Clair and Mr. Powell build an unexpectedly good level of suspense regarding Powell's courtship, and mortality. They are so good, you can almost forget how much the opening gives away…

Watch for a thoroughly delightful (and unfortunately rare) performance by sagely John Philliber (as "Pop" Benson). He plays the keeper of the "Evening News" "morgue" (a place where newspapers keep obituaries and other files). Possibly, Mr. Philliber had read his own notice; he died in 1944. Powell was also able to read the writing on the wall, and saved his fledgling career by pursuing more interesting roles (like this one). Jackie Oakie and Edgar Kennedy are also on board. This is a subtle celebration of life, and its mysteries.

******** It Happened Tomorrow (5/28/44) René Clair ~ Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, John Philliber, Jackie Oakie

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