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It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 7 April 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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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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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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Pop Benson: News is what happens... Time is only an illusion!
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From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
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upending time gets a bit surreal even for a costume drama!
5 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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