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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

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Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
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Kit Carson (a cowboy also called Murphy)
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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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John 'Skins' Miller ...
A Tippler
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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

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Comedy | Drama

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3 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De bar der begoocheling  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

When the cowboy gets a beer from Joe, he drinks almost all of it, but leaves about an inch at the bottom in each glass. But, when he scoops up all the glasses on the table and takes them back to the bar, they are almost all completely empty. 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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Opening credits are shown on the pages of a book, through which someone is flipping. See more »

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Soundtracks

What Is This Thing Called Love?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Played on piano by Reginald Beane
Sung by Jeanne Cagney
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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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