The Clock Reviews
The lonely Corp. Allen is reluctant to say goodbye to the pretty secretary and Alice is at first reluctant but soon feels at ease around the kindly serviceman. Their relationship will deepen as the hours pass. I've read other comments that the relationship is unrealistic and to a certain extent maybe so - but I don't think that was the point of the story anyway. I feel the war definitely plays a part in why the relationship evolves in the short span that it does. That and the comment made by the milkman (James Gleason) - whom Alice & Joe later meet - reinforces the main theme of the film: "If people thought about all the (bad) things that could happen...they'd never do anything..." Also, the point is made about how much easier it is to fall in love than it is to actually certify the relationship as Alice & Joe try to navigate the bureaucracy of a city hall.
The film's release date (being after victory in Europe had been called) probably lessened the emotional impact of this film...especially in regards to Corp. Joe Allen who was awaiting assignment to Europe - when in real life - GI's were beginning to be sent home.
Also actor Robert Walker made such an impression on me in Alfred Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN that it takes some getting used to seeing him as romantic lead. Such was his performance in that film - which I thought gives Norman Bates a run-for-the-money as the creepiest Hitchcock character ever.
8.5 / 10
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 lov...( read more read more... )e with each other, and they decide to get married before Joe has to return to camp.
This is a remarkably dumb movie. Robert Walker meets Judy Garland in Penn Station in a ridiculous meet-cute--she loses the heel of her shoe, and he thinks she's telling him that she's sprained her ankle. He goes with her to get it fixed, and sort of follows her around for a while. Then, they actually agree to go on a date, and it lasts all night, and then they decide to get married.
Yes--they decide to get married after knowing each other for about 24 hours. The milkman they end up doing rounds for (really) and his wife go on about how you can know someone just as well after a minute as you can after years (ridiculous, of course), and how you should get married when the impulse takes you. So they do. Very, very tame hilarity then ensues as they go through the process of getting a license and getting married.
One thing that I think must have pissed off a lot of people is the ending, wherein Judy Garland says that Robert Walker [i]must[/i] be coming back from the war, because they hadn't known each other two days earlier, and now they're married, and so it must be meant to be. A lot of people who felt their relationships were meant to be [i]didn't[/i] come back, regardless of what Judy Garland said. It would have irritated me.
I think this movie was supposed to boost morale; it did, after all, come out in 1945. If it were a better movie, it might even have succeeded. But mostly, it makes me think how very stupid these two people are. It's only after they're married, for example, that they find out if the other has living parents. Call me crazy, but it's the sort of thing you should discuss in advance.
The lead actor has very little charisma & Judy Garland does a great job of holding it together.
It's amazing this whole film was not made in NYC it's incredibly convincing. The direction is solid but the acting & story isn't.