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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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25 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Campanas del destino  »

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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

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 1 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Seattle 8 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Hartford CT 23 March 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Chicago 1 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 13 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) , in Philadelphia 19 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Altoona PA 3 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Portland OR 5 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Phoenix 9 June 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5) and in Miami 9 July 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7); in San Francisco it first aired 5 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Minneapolis 11 April 1960 on WTCN (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

In long shot, the milk truck is a 1937-1939 Stutz Pak-Age-Kar. No paint stripes down the hood, no large name badge, square front windscreens, twin bright bumper guards.When it arrives, its a 1939-1942 White Horse van,with heavy bumper over-riders, slanted windscreens,large badge and lettering on the front.Vehicles are mixed through rest of scenes involving milk trucks. See more »

Quotes

Alice Maybery: [to Joe] Joe, Joe, Joe, darling, Joe. I thought I'd lost you. I didn't know where to look.
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Referenced in Going Shopping (2005) 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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A Simple, Yet Engaging Little Film
25 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Very simple, yet engaging, "The Clock" makes use of some rather interesting casting, some slight but sincere characters, and a story that still works all right despite no longer having its original immediacy. Judy Garland and Robert Walker work surprisingly well as the lead couple, and James Gleason probably makes the picture with his scenes. The title is appropriate, both for its reference to the role of the station clock in the plot and also as something of a simple metaphor of the broader situation faced by the characters.

Generally, the best reason for having Garland in the cast is for her singing, yet here she carries the role without using her best-known talent. By keeping the character simple but believable, it works all right. Whenever you see Walker, it's almost impossible not to think of "Strangers on a Train" (although, of course, that film came later), yet here he also succeeds with a very different, sensitive character.

In contrast, Gleason plays exactly the kind of character role that he does best and most naturally, and it's hard to see the movie working without him.

He comes along at just the right time to keep things from petering out, and his character seems to provide exactly what was needed to keep the story from getting off-track.

Much of the movie is not especially memorable, and the production is unspectacular, though solid. Yet it's hard not to come away with a positive feeling from watching this simple yet pleasant and thoughtful film.


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