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The Time of Your Life (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 3 September 1948 (USA)
A wide variety of persons come into Nick's Pacific Street Saloon, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

William Saroyan (Pulitzer Prize play), Nathaniel Curtis (adapted for the screen)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Joseph T. (who observes people)
William Bendix ... Nick (Saloon Owner Who Loves Horses)
Wayne Morris ... Tom (Joe's stooge and friend)
Jeanne Cagney ... Kitty Duval (stage name of Katerina Koronovsky)
Broderick Crawford ... Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
Ward Bond ... McCarthy (a blatherskite)
James Barton ... Kit Carson (a cowboy also called Murphy)
Paul Draper ... Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
Gale Page ... Mary L. (a woman of quality)
Jimmy Lydon ... Dudley Raoul Bostwick (a young man in love) (as James Lydon)
Richard Erdman ... Willie (the pinball machine maniac)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Arab Philosopher
Reginald Beane ... Wesley (the pianist)
John 'Skins' Miller John 'Skins' Miller ... A Tippler
Tom Powers ... Freddy Blick (a stool pigeon and frame-up artist)
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Storyline

Joe spends a lot of his time at Nick's Pacific Street Saloon. Tom, who credits Joe with once saving his life, stops by regularly to run errands for Joe. Today, Tom notices a woman named Kitty when she comes into Nick's, and he quickly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, a distraught young man repeatedly calls his girlfriend, begging her to marry him. Nick himself muses on all the various persons who come into his bar, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time. Written by Snow Leopard

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FROM THE GREAT STAGE PLAY! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De bar der begoocheling See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the Broadway season of 1939-1940, the role of Harry was played by then-unknown Gene Kelly. See more »

Goofs

Joe points his gun at Blick and pulls the trigger. And when it doesn't go off he says "That dumb Tom. He buys a six shooter that won't even shoot once". Even though he knows he loaded and unloaded the gun early in the film. And it happens to be a gun that only holds 5 cartridges. See more »

Quotes

[The newsboy is singing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling]
Nick: Are you Irish?
Newsboy: No, I'm Greek.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the pages of a book, through which someone is flipping. See more »

Connections

Version of The Time of Your Life (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
(1871) (uncredited)
Music and hymn by Philip P. Bliss
Played by the Salvation Army Band
Sung by James Cagney and James Barton
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Come in a be yourself.
15 June 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

A dramatic comedy adapted by Nathaniel Curtis from a William Saroyan play. Noted by critics, but slow in getting the respect of movie goers and some Saroyan fans. Joe(James Cagney)holds court at Nick's(William Bendix) little neighborhood saloon. Joe manipulates all who share time and space near him. Action gravitates around Joe. No visual signs of support, but all the while Joe is the positive influence in so many lives. Talk about a potluck of characters:Wayne Morse, Broderick Crawford, Ward Bond, Jimmy Lydon and Jeanne Cagney. James Barton is hilarious as the affable old cowboy. And the man playing the piano is Reginald Beane in his one and only movie. Respectable black and white glimpse of life in the neighborhood.


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