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The Clock (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 25 May 1945 (USA)
In 1945, during a 48-hour leave, a soldier accidentally meets a girl at Pennsylvania Station and spends his leave with her, eventually falling in love with the lovely New Yorker.

Directors:

Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Nathan (screenplay), Joseph Schrank (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Alice Maybery
Robert Walker ... Corporal Joe Allen
James Gleason ... Al Henry
Keenan Wynn ... The Drunk
Marshall Thompson ... Bill
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Al Henry
Ruth Brady Ruth Brady ... Helen
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Storyline

Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together. In this short time they find themselves falling in love with each other, and they decide to get married before Joe has to return to camp. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campanas del destino See more »

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Budget:

$1,324,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The escalator in the Penn Station scene where Alice loses her shoe heel had unusually high sides to disguise that fact that it wasn't a real escalator at all. Wartime material shortages and restrictions prohibited MGM from building a real escalator, so the studio compromised with a conveyor belt. At no time in the scenes do you actually see escalator steps. See more »

Goofs

As Joe and Alice walk through the museum, Joe isn't carrying their bags but there was no scene of them storing them somewhere during their visit. See more »

Quotes

Corporal Joe Allen: Alice, would you break that date tonight?
Alice Maybery: Yes.
Corporal Joe Allen: Oh! Where will I meet you?
Alice Maybery: Under the clock at the Astor at seven.
Corporal Joe Allen: Where?
Alice Maybery: Under the clock at the Astor at seven.
Corporal Joe Allen: What?
Lady on Bus: Under the clock at the Astor at seven.
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If I Had You
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Week-end in New York for a soldier who finds loves and marries.
23 March 2005 | by wmooresSee all my reviews

This is a warm and fuzzy movie about life back home during World War II. Unlike Since You Went Away, which involved an entire family and community, The Clock is centered around a young couple and is set entirely on the home front.

Robert Walker (Joe) and Judy Garland (Alice) are the romantic couple.

But, first, Joe, a country boy arrives at Penn Station in New York, goes out on the sidewalk, and is awe-struck by the skyscrapers of the city. He sees a wonderful panorama of New York City as it was in the spring of 1945.

Joe has no idea how he will spend his 48-hour leave. He is caught up in the crowd, pushed here and there, and finally, sits at the foot of the stair rail on the steps in front of Penn Station between the steps and an escalator.

Alice stumbles on Joe's gear, nearly falls, and gets her shoe heel caught in the escalator and broken off.

She yells for somebody to retrieve her shoe heel and Joe is accommodating.

From this point on in the movie, the couple are together almost constantly and visit various landmarks and attractions in New York.

Alice finally goes back to her apartment and is quizzed about her long absence during the afternoon and told by her roommate not to fool with military guys. Alice's response is half-hearted at first, but then she begins to think her roommate is right.

Alice's thoughts drift back to Joe, who is waiting at the clock of a prominent hotel, their meeting place at 7 p.m. Joe is in despair when Alice doesn't show. Eventually, she arrives.

As one would say, the plot thickens, and there are twists and turns, but most of all, accidental separations that are heartbreaking.

The longer the couple is together they realize they love each other and should get married, which is a further complication in the plot.

The previous reviewer threatened to turn this movie off from boredom? Why does this movie even around today and why is it highly rated? First, it was what the public wanted then. It is 1945 and people are war-weary. They wanted some about the war but from a different point of view.

Also, up to this time Judy Garland was in musicals or sang in each movie in which she played. It shows what a dramatic actress she could be.

Robert Walker is at his best even though he was recently divorced from Jennifer Jones.

So, this is WWII without blood and guts, rationing, etc. It is a love story that filled a need at a previous time in our history. For those of us who saw it on its first run, it is a special joy to see it in our twilight years because of all of the wonderful memories it brings back.


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