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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

René Clair's It Happened Tomorrow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first telecasts of this film occurred in Los Angeles Sunday 7 December 1947 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Sunday 18 January 1948 on WNBT (Channel 4), in Baltimore Sunday 8 February 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Detroit Sunday 18 April 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Sunday 25 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), and in Atlanta Sunday 2 October 1949 on WSB (Channel 8). See more »

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After Sylvia and Larry are married, as she goes to hug Uncle Oscar, a shadow of the boom microphone moves from right to left over both of them as they embrace. See more »

Quotes

Pop Benson: News is what happens... Time is only an illusion!
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Heavy Material with a Light Touch
18 June 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Reporter Stevens (Powell) is tipped off to tomorrow's headlines by mysterious Pop Benson (Philliber) before the events happen. At the same time, Stevens is romancing lovely Sylvia (Darnell) who is part with her uncle (Oakie) of a phony occult stage act.

It's Twilight Zone material given a humorously light touch by the masterful Rene Clair, (And Then There Were None {1945}). Considering the final screenplay comes from as many as 7(!) writers, it's surprising the result holds together as well as it does.

A key point is watching such a spooky, noirish premise treated humorously, at times even bordering on the farcical. But the gimmick works surprisingly well, thanks also to a number of plausibly intelligent twists. Then too, Powell gets into the swing with a lively, engaging performance. And what a slice of eye candy is the sweetly innocent Darnell, a long way from her usual tough cookie specialty.

The premise amounts to an imaginative twist on the old concept of fate. The suspense comes from waiting to see how fate will play out. If you think about it, you see why the portent had to be couched as a newspaper headline. Otherwise the ending would have to be quite different.

Anyway, it's an entertaining movie, unusual for the unorthodox treatment. Still, it's that light touch that separates the material from the sci-fi pack for our post-Twilight Zone era.


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