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The Time of Your Life (1948)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  3 September 1948 (USA)
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A wide variety of persons come into Nick's Pacific Street Saloon, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joseph T. (who observes people)
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Nick (saloon owner who loves horses)
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Tom (Joe's stooge and friend)
Jeanne Cagney ...
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Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
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McCarthy (a blatherskite)
James Barton ...
Paul Draper ...
Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
Gale Page ...
Mary L. (a woman of quality)
Jimmy Lydon ...
Dudley Raoul Bostwick (a young man in love) (as James Lydon)
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Willie (the pinball machine maniac)
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Arab Philosopher
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Wesley (the pianist)
John 'Skins' Miller ...
A Tippler
Tom Powers ...
Freddy Blick (a stool pigeon and frame-up artist)
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Storyline

Joe spends a lot of his time at Nick's Pacific Street Saloon. Tom, who credits Joe with once saving his life, stops by regularly to run errands for Joe. Today, Tom notices a woman named Kitty when she comes into Nick's, and he quickly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, a distraught young man repeatedly calls his girlfriend, begging her to marry him. Nick himself muses on all the various persons who come into his bar, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time. Written by Snow Leopard

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3 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El tiempo de tu vida  »

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| (Turner library print) | (Ontario)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the Broadway season of 1939-1940, the role of Harry was played by then-unknown Gene Kelly. See more »

Quotes

[The newsboy is singing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling]
Nick: Are you Irish?
Newsboy: No, I'm Greek.
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Soundtracks

Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
(1871) (uncredited)
Music and hymn by Philip P. Bliss
Played by the Salvation Army Band
Sung by James Cagney and James Barton
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Different, but a load of fun
17 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

From what I'd heard of this film, I was expecting something dull and boring and Eugene O'Neill-ish.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a lot to love in this film. In fact, it left me happy and smiling. James Cagney's character is so off-the-wall in comparison to his other film roles. He just sits quietly, leading a seemingly monotonous life. He listens to a couple of songs over and over; he drinks champagne. Most of all he interferes for good in other people's lives.

I also watched this film because I'm fascinated with Jeanne Cagney and how much she looked like her brother. It's great to see James and Jeanne working together, particularly in this story, where he's playing an Irishman and she's Polish - but she's got his face. Yes, I'm easily amused.

It's a random film. It appears on the surface to be patched together and no, it's not action packed and fast-paced. But look beneath the surface, and you'll see it's about the value of observing, paying attention to things and people around you, and acting on what you see. We all could do with a little more of that - although I don't think we need to do it for hours on end in a bar. It can be done during normal life too.

I felt this film moved along pretty steadily. There was always some new thing popping up as something else was being resolved. And, although on the surface everything is resolved in the end, there are still a lot of questions one asks. I won't go into details here - I'll let you discover for yourself... and I strongly recommend you should do so!!


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