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The Clock (1945)

The Clock (1945)




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The Clock was designed by MGM as a "small" picture--though characteristically, it was a bigger production than most "A" efforts from any other studio. Paul Gallico's simple story involves a girl (Judy Garland) and a GI (Robert Walker), who meet under the huge clock at New York's Pennsylvania Station. Over the next 48 hours, the girl and the soldier fall in love, make the acquaintance of such lovable gotham types as cabbie James Gleason and inebriate Keenan Wynn, and decide to get married before the GI is shipped out again. The enormous Pennsylvania Station set, combined with some unusually convincing back projection (MGM was hitherto notorious for the worst back projection in the business) has convinced even lifelong New Yorkers that The Clock was actually lensed in Manhattan rather than Hollywood. Director Vincente Minnelli injected further visual dynamism in The Clock by seldom repeating the same camera angle twice.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Robert Walker
as Cpl. Joe Allen
Judy Garland
as Alice Maybery
Keenan Wynn
as The Drunk
James Gleason
as Al Henry
Lucille Gleason
as Mrs. Al Henry
Ruth Brady
as Helen
Chester Clute
as Michael Henry
Paul E. Burns
as Bartender
Dick Elliott
as Friendly Man
Moyna MacGill
as Luncheonette Lady
Arthur Space
as Blood Tester
Ray Teal
as Cop
Robert E. Homans
as Official
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Critic Reviews for The Clock

All Critics (7)

Billed in some circles as the original Before Sunrise, Vincente Minnelli's The Clock doesn't come particularly close to reaching those hallowed grounds, but its structure and conclusion certainly make the comparison understandable.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010

Evanescent romance braving urban landscapes and wartime ruptures, captured by a gliding-craning-caressing camera

Full Review… | February 12, 2010

...generally as affable and lighthearted as its premise might have indicated.

Full Review… | March 19, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

It's hard not to be moved by its heart-warming romantic tale.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Drama with spectacular crowd scenes, showing life in New York City.

Full Review… | August 26, 2006
Classic Film and Television

The beginning and ending are symmetrical: Story opens at Penn State, picking up a soldier (Robert Walker) in the crowd, and it ends when Alice (Judy Garland) sees him off at Penn State, when her figure is lost in the crowd

Full Review… | June 28, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Clock


Vincente Minnelli's poignant, moving love letter to his soon-to-be-wife Judy Garland (in a non-singing role), with Robert Walker as the perfect love interest.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Two people meet, fall in love at first sight, and get married the end. Interesting and sweet, but predictable and silly at the same time.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Very romantic and emotional. Certain parts are so corny but somehow, before you realize it, your spirit is captured and floating away with the emotion in the film.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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