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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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Comedy | Fantasy

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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

This film has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Remade as Signore e signori (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Would Not Die in Spring Time
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster (as Milton Moore)
Sung by the newspaper men
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A unique film which set a precedent for thoughts on time travel
9 August 2003 | by shih_tzuukSee all my reviews

I first saw this film in the year of it's release in 1944 when I was 14 years old. I haven't seen it since I was in my early thirties and I am now in my middle seventies so perhaps I am viewing it through a rosy glow. I enjoyed Dick Powell as an actor once he got rid of playing in those silly musical films (42nd St type, etc)and rate this one a good comedy to compare at the side of his tougher vehicles like "Farewell My Lovely". His early death robbed the screen of an actor who hadn't yet fulfilled his potential. A pity there aren't more films like this one instead of the constant cycle of sex and violence with which the film industry is now preoccupied.


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