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Time Flies (1944)

A minor music hall star uses a professor's time machine to travel back to the Elizabethan era.

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Tommy Handley ...
Tommy
Evelyn Dall ...
Susie Barton
George Moon ...
Bill Barton
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The Professor
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A Soothsayer
Graham Moffatt ...
His Nephew
John Salew ...
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Olga Lindo ...
Roy Emerton ...
Iris Lang ...
Stéphane Grappelli ...
A Troubadour (as Stephane Grappelly)
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A minor music hall star uses a professor's time machine to travel back to the Elizabethan era.

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8 May 1944 (UK)  »

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This little-known movie seems to be the first feature film to include a time machine. It was released the same year as While Nero Fiddled (1944) - another small British comedy about time travel. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy is ordered to stand for Captain Raleigh he is so startled that, as he stands, he drops the chicken leg he is eating. It clearly misses the table and must surely have landed on the floor. Yet, in the next shot which is made out to be in real time, as Tommy cheekily sits back down - the chicken leg is already back in his hand without him having picked it up off the floor. See more »

Quotes

Burleigh: What is afoot?
Tommy: An ankle turned up at the end.
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References Maytime (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Chief Tom-Tom
Written by Noel Gay and Ted Kavanagh (uncredited)
Performed by Tommy Handley
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"Dear Old Pals"
28 September 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed this Tommy Handley outing, in the year of grace 1943 he was at the height of his ITMA popularity. It remains a rather bizarre film to have been made during WW2, but of course would have served a purpose as a morale booster as well as being simply simple fun.

In modern Manhattan Tommy sponsors Professor Felix Aylmer's Time Ball, a huge silver ball/ space-time -ship, and eventually they, Evelyn Dall and George Moon end up in Elizabethan England - to absolutely everyone's consternation. They have some hilarious escapades, heavy with deliberate anachronisms, but it's Tommy's film - without his incessant witticisms it would have been a pretty poor show. Sometimes it falls flat, other times it's pure genius at work - at a tense life or death fraught moment he suddenly worries about having left the rice pudding "on". The scene where the four of them escape from prison from under Really Raleigh's nose - and how! - is breathtaking stuff for 1943.

To most people it's probably dated badly, but to me the salvageable bits are a treasure, and the hokey bits bearable.


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