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It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 7 April 1944 (USA)
A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.

Director:

René Clair

Writers:

Lord Dunsany (play), Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story) (as Hugh Wedlock) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens
Linda Darnell ... Sylvia Smith / Sylvia Stevens
Jack Oakie ... Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
Edgar Kennedy ... Inspector Mulrooney
John Philliber John Philliber ... Pop Benson
Edward Brophy ... Jake Shomberg
George Cleveland ... Mr. Gordon
Sig Ruman ... Mr. Beckstein
Paul Guilfoyle ... Shep
George Chandler ... Bob
Eddie Acuff ... Jim
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Storyline

In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens is an ambitious reporter of The Evening News. One day, he is celebrating with his colleagues and he tells his friend Pop Benson that he would like to know the news in advance before it happens. While they are walking on the street, they see a poster of the clairvoyant Cigolini and his gorgeous niece Sylvia Smith and they decide to go to a theater to see the show. Larry flirts with Sylvia and on his way back home, he overhears Pop on the street and the old man tells that he is waiting for him and gives a newspaper to him. Larry does not give much attention and puts the newspaper in the pocket of his jacket. On the next morning, he finds that the newspaper is an edition of the next day. Larry uses the information to scoop about a hold up in the opera house, becoming the prime suspect of Inspector Mulrooney. Larry dates Sylvia and Pop gives another edition of The Evening News of the next day. Larry becomes a successful ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

René Clair's It Happened Tomorrow See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director René Clair initially wanted Cary Grant for the lead role in this film. See more »

Goofs

Dick Powell and Jack Oakie put down $30,000 on a horse at 2-1 odds. Upon winning, they go to the bookie and demand their $60,000. 2-1 odds should pay them $90,000 back. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Gordon: You're fired.
Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens: You can't fire me. I quit.
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Connections

Remade as Signore e signori (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah, fors' e lui
from "La Traviata"
(uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Jean Forward as Nellie Melba, when the newspaperman and his girl friend are at the opera house, waiting for the box office robbery.
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Finally Available on DVD
28 August 2003 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

It seems that this is a much sought after and rarely diffused film - and it is now available on DVD. Picture quality not bad at all considering the time it was made and plot generally quite lighthearted if not unduly mystifying. I was expecting something a little more spicy with a bit of time-travel involved - but was not too disappointed in the end as the actors' performances are good and the subject matter is quite original. I would therefore recommend it to all who love comedy fantasiies but without going over the top about it .


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