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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Joe Gimlet
... Mary Gimlet / Mary Wright
... Ted Wright
... Pete Evans
... Elvina Wright / Elvina Gimlet
... Dave Holmes
... 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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25 August 1933 (USA)  »

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Det perfekta brottet  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Curly Howard with the Three Stooges in a full-length feature film. See more »

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

Quotes

Joe Gimlet: Gee, fellas, I wish I was going with you, but, I guess, it ain't in the cards. I've been listening to these orators standing up here telling you about the glories of fightin' for democracy. It made me feel a little sad. It's alright to talk about glories, but, what you're going to find is mud and more mud and cooties and lots of other things that ain't so nice. You're going across the seas and you're going to be charging through barbed wire and muck and weeds and you're going to chase those ...
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A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Whistled by Lee Tracy
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Money cannot buy happiness
16 April 2005 | by See 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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