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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 lifetime of love in 48 exciting hours! 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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Budget:

$1,324,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and A Child Is Waiting (1963)_ are Judy Garland's only non-singing movies. See more »

Goofs

The film was released in May 1945; at one point Judy asks Robert Walker (referring to the guard at the blood test building) "who does he think he is, Hitler?" Hitler was already dead when the film was released. See more »

Quotes

Judge: [to Alice and Joe] In the state of New York I now pronounce you husband and wife.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli (1973) 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
16 April 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

Among the things I admire in this slight romantic drama is the most impressive set representing New York's Pennsylvania Station. It is certainly a fine achievement, designed by Cedric Gibbons and William Ferrari.

Likewise, George Folsey's lovely black and white cinematograpy is perfect for the "brief encounter" tale. Director Vincent Minnelli (replacing Fred Zinnemann) took special care to see that Judy Garland looked as fetching as possible, and she does. It is her most beautiful makeup in films, and her performance matches it well.

It's hard to believe the entire film was done in Hollywood's Culver City (using real NYC footage and backdrops) which is a tribute to the production staff and crew. They certainly obtained the Manhattan atmosphere, while telling a simple story of youthful wartime romance.


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