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

Genres:

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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the milkman, Al Henry, is giving Joe and Alice a lift in his truck, actor James Gleason (Al) does not even bother to look at the road for a full 24 seconds (from 41:19 to 41:43). 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

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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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

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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superb romance from MGM
25 June 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This film gives Judy Garland a chance (her first, I think?) to appear in a non-singing role, as Alice Mayberry, a hopeless romantic who works in New York. When she meets soldier Joe Allen (Robert Walker) they fall deeply in love with each other and are soon beating a path to the altar.

As a war-based romance, this story moves fast because it has to - in a matter of days Alice and Joe know they belong together, and we know it too, thanks to the scenes we see in the museum, in the park away from the bustling traffic, and within the railway station. Garland and Walker are both excellent, the perfect representations of dewy-eyed young lovers.

We're not disappointed by the little roles, either - James and Lucille Gleason play a friendly milkman and his wife, Keenan Wynn plays a drunk in a diner, Ruth Brady plays Alice's housemate Ruth, and Marshall Thompson gathers many laughs all to himself as Ruth's silent boyfriend Bill, never allowed to say anything in response to her constant questioning, gossiping, and nagging.

Directed by Garland's husband Vincente Minnelli, 'The Clock' is a quiet and lovely film, not often quoted as one of the greats, but a good example of the best entertainment MGM could offer in the 1940s.


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