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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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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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A story as gay as Spring...exciting as love itself See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

In the scene where Judy Garland and Robert Walker are riding in the milk truck, the song being played over the radio is "Our Love Affair" which was a hit song from Judy's movie Strike Up the Band (1940) with Mickey Rooney. See more »

Goofs

As they're riding up Fifth Avenue on the bus, she points out Radio City and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Radio City isn't on Fifth Avenue, it's on sixth Avenue. A moment or so later, as the continue riding up fifth avenue,the statue of Atlas at Rockefeller Center is seen in the rear projection background. The statue is directly across from the cathedral, which they should've passed already. See more »

Quotes

Alice Maybery: Sometimes when a girl dates a soldier she isn't only thinking of herself. She knows he's alone and far away from home and no one to talk to and... What are you staring at?
Corporal Joe Allen: You've got brown eyes.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Had You
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Shapiro, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Heard as background music
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The brio of romance.
19 November 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

It is, in a word, breathtaking. What I especially love is the duality of Robert Walker and Judy Garland: they are both simple, lonely souls who literally stumble over each other one day then get repeatedly teamed up in a series of seemingly innocent adventures (they ride a double decker bus; she shows him Central Park; he shows her an art museum)- each time attempting to part company but continuing to draw towards each other. When you analyze it, their courtship is almost fantastic, but the time of the film's 1945 release more than allows for the magic of budding romance. It is not really a sugary film; all the while the two leads communicate, you can see the improbability of their situation on their faces. When a milkman rescues them from being stranded at the end of a long date- and they wind up doing his milk route- they burst out laughing at their situation. It makes a later scene of a subway separation particularly heartbreaking, and its later reunion at a train depot breathtaking (I guarantee tears in your eyes)- and that's sort of what the movie's all about. In retrospect, it's a bit ironic to watch the young sweetness of Walker and Garland- two stars who had tragic, frequently unhappy existences. Their chemistry here as strangers who become friends who fall in love is mesmerizing. Ms. Garland does not sing, but her dark, exquisite eyes are music to the camera lens. Several bios have cited this film and MEET ME IN ST LOUIS as the two movies which captured Ms. Garland at her most beautiful, and I suspect that has something to do with the taste and artistry of the director- who was in love with (and would soon marry) his star. Grab immediately.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1945 (USA) See more »

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Campanas del destino See more »

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Budget:

$1,324,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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