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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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A dramatically different Cagney in a daringly different picture! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

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

The original Broadway production of "The Time of Your Life " by William Saroyan opened on October 25, 1939 at the Booth Theater, ran for 185 performances, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1940 and closed on April 6, 1940. See more »

Quotes

Joe: Living is an art, it's not bookkeeping. It takes an awful lot of rehearsal for a man to get to be himself.
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Soundtracks

What Is This Thing Called Love?
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Sung by Jeanne Cagney
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Saroyan's infinate joy in the observance of humanity shines throught the film
14 January 2002 | by (New Fairfield CT) – See all my reviews

Some find this film "schmaltzy" and simple. Saroyan fans will find it aptly relects the beauty found in the human condition. The way Joe relates to the various characters, causing them to easily open the hearts and souls seems contrived today and perhaps seemed that way even in the late 40's, but I suspect Saroyan was not particularly interested in "realism". Like all of his work, this movie is a study of the hopes, dreams, and loves of the "little guy" and his struggle to maintain them against the harsh light of human reality.

Cagney positvely glows throughout the performance and Bendix has never been better cast. Paul Draper as the tap-danciing comedian is absolutley brilliant in an extremley quirky roll. ( Interestlingly someone commented that they were suprised that this movie wasn't blacklisted, Draper ( according tot he IMDB bio) was "was an international star in the 1930's and 1940's" who's "career effectively succumbed to the anti- Communist hysteria that existed in the U.S. after World War II, when he was blacklisted out of the entertainment industry as a Communist sympathizer." It says a lot about James Cagney that this is the first film his production company choose to produce. If you can set aside your cynicism and view these characters in a slightly metaphorical light, Saraoyan's writing will leave your heart with a soft warm glow, and the joy of watching character actors working in a simple setting with no action and lots of dialogue may lead you to suspect that the entire cast was having The Time of Their Lives.


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