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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Alice Maybery
... Corporal Joe Allen
... Al Henry
... The Drunk
... Bill
... Mrs. Al Henry
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

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Release Date:

25 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Campanas del destino  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,324,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,783,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,783,000, 31 December 1945
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 28, 1946 with Judy Garland reprising her film role. 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

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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Connections

Featured in American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself (2004) 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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Wartime romance glows with performances of Garland and Walker...
1 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

A simple little wartime love story about a boy and girl who fall in love during his 24-hour leave is what lies at the heart of "The Clock". Amazingly, considering how authentic all the New York scenes look, the entire film was done at MGM's studio lot--even the scenes at Penn Station which was recreated by studio craftsmen with startling accuracy.

But the most genuine moments in the film are the performances of the two stars--Judy Garland (in her first non-singing dramatic role) and Robert Walker. The freshness of their appeal is evident in every scene--whether it's their first awkward meeting, the night they spend helping milkman James Gleason deliver his goods, or their last desperate moments together. Vincente Minnelli's sensitive direction shows Garland at her most poignant and vulnerable. Robert Walker makes an excellent co-star.

By all means, catch this little gem if you can. It's one of the best wartime films, a simple romance, honest and warmly appealing. Should make servicemen recall the hectic moments some of them may have gone through themselves.


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