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Turn Back the Clock (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 25 August 1933 (USA)
Joe and Mary run a tobacco store and are just scraping by. When old friend Ted comes into the store, they renew their friendship, even though Ted is now wealthy and married to Elvira, whom ... See full summary »

Director:

Edgar Selwyn

Writers:

Edgar Selwyn (screen play), Ben Hecht (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Joe Gimlet
Mae Clarke ... Mary Gimlet / Mary Wright
Otto Kruger ... Ted Wright
George Barbier ... Pete Evans
Peggy Shannon ... Elvina Wright / Elvina Gimlet
C. Henry Gordon ... Dave Holmes
Clara Blandick ... Joe's Mother
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Joe and Mary run a tobacco store and are just scraping by. When old friend Ted comes into the store, they renew their friendship, even though Ted is now wealthy and married to Elvira, whom Joe could have married himself, and become the rich one. After a domestic squabble Joe is hit by a car, and when he wakes up he is 20 years younger and can rectify his error and marry Elvina and her money. He does, relives his life as a wealthy man who still remembers his 'other' life, and what happened during those years. In the end he realizes that he isn't as happy as he was formerly, and things come to a head when his 'new' life catches up with his old one. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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He Led a Double Life - so he could double up on love!

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det perfekta brottet See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Ed Wynn is briefly shown as a cigar store customer (recognizable by his distinctive voice and face), though omitted from the credits. See more »

Goofs

President Woodrow Wilson's letter asking for Joe Gimlet's resignation misspells his last name as "Gimlett". See more »

Quotes

Ted Wright: Oh, wait 'til I tell you about the time Joe and I made a blind date with two girls that called at the drug store.
Joe Gimlet: You mean the Chippeway twins.
Ted Wright: Ha-ha. The Chippeway twins. We called them Africans and they turned out to be Indians.
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Connections

Remade as Turn Back the Clock (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
In the score when Joe gives a speech to soldiers
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Money cannot buy happiness
16 April 2005 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

An extraordinarily-well written screenplay by Ben Hecht and Edgar Selwyn stands up surprisingly well over the years. Selwyn directs this little seen drama with good, but not great, results. The unusual plot leads the viewer to speculate what he or she would do if given the opportunities that unfold. As has been remarked by other reviewers, Frank Capra would have been very comfortable with the project. The major theme is to remind depression-era movie audiences that money does not lead to happiness and they are probably better off the way that they are. It would have been nice to see this film with come better leading actors, about all one can say is that they get the lines out and give life support to the drama. Cinematography is extremely good as you would expect from Harold Rosson. This could have been a very much better film with a better cast. One has to wonder why it has not been thought of for a remake? Highly recommended.


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