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The Time of Your Life (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 3 September 1948 (USA)
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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(Pulitzer Prize play), (adapted for the screen)
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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)
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Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
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McCarthy (a blatherskite)
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Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
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Mary L. (a woman of quality)
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Dudley Raoul Bostwick (a young man in love) (as James Lydon)
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Willie (the pinball machine maniac)
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Arab Philosopher
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Wesley (the pianist)
John 'Skins' Miller ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

3 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De bar der begoocheling  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

When Nick goes to the betting parlor to see the broadcast of the horse race, the man at the door opens it before his hand gets to the knob on the lock. 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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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Cheers: Money Dearest (1986) See more »

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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Interesting Idea Plus Some Good Character Profiles
19 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

It was an interesting idea to film this William Saroyan play, which does not seem to lend itself particularly well to a screen adaptation. It turned out well enough, and in particular most of the characters are brought to life believably and effectively. James Cagney stars in what is quite an atypical role for him, and he is backed up by a good cast of character actors.

The story has Cagney as Joe, a regular at Nick's saloon who watches everyone come and go. Rather than a main story line, there are instead a number of things happening in the lives of the characters - some are important and some trivial, but all of them matter to the characters themselves. To make it work as a movie, it is essential that the cast makes the characters realistic and worth caring about, and in that regard they succeed pretty well.

William Bendix is very enjoyable as Nick, and the cast also includes Jimmy Lydon, Cagney's sister Jeanne, and Tom Powers, who is pretty effective as a menacing bully. Even most of the minor characters get some good moments of their own.

This is the kind of movie that can be pretty enjoyable if you are in the right mood for it, but that won't seem like much if you aren't. Most of it relies on simple conversation and interaction among the characters, and it has a decidedly offbeat feel to it, but if/when that's what you're in the mood for, then this works rather well.


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