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November 28, 2016
The first non-musical for both director Vincente Minelli and frequent collaborator Judy Garland, as it stars Robert Walker as Corporal Joe Allen on a 2 day leave, and decides to spend it on NYC. It is then is where he meets Alice (Judy Garland).
½ August 26, 2015
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.
August 15, 2015
A sweet wartime romance set in NYC.
August 10, 2015
The chemistry between Robert Walker and Judy Garland is what makes this movie. Unfortunately, his career was cut short by a tragic death. This was done decades prior to Before Sunrise, and although it may not have the intellectual depth of that film, it has more than enough charm.
½ May 21, 2014
A frustrating & underwhelming romance drama about a young woman & GI who meet under a clock & for the next 48 hours fall in love.

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.
½ March 14, 2014
this movie seems so romantic and twee - then you realise that the only want to have sex legally before he get's killed in the war
March 10, 2014
This is a romance story about a soldier falling in love with a lady by a clock at a New York train station. He helps her after her shoe breaks and she ends up showing him around the city and takes him to the zoo and to a museum. They eventually fall in love with each other and get married. Its a nice little love story that doesn't use the musical talents of judy garland. But none the less it's still a great movie. Judy garland was so talented and could do both acting and sing very well. She makes it look so easy. And on top of that she was a very pretty women. Although her beautiful voice is not used her perfect acting talent is shown which makes every movie she is in close to perfect. I never heard of robert walker and this is my first movie experience with him and I thought he did a fabulous job as well along side Judy Garland. This is a very enjoyable and fun love story with an easy plot done perfectly by very talented actors.
March 15, 2013
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.
February 6, 2013
A beautifully filmed, sentimental romance story set during war time. Though falling flat in some parts, this film is over flowing with charm and I immediately was sucked into the story. Despite the two characters barely knowing each other, the chemistry between the two leads and the rich screenplay combine to make the audience genuinely care about Joe and Alice.

The film is dated but in a beautiful way, the audience is transported back to a simpler time when people were generally more carefree, and the opportunity for love even in the middle of a war, was seized without hesitation. It's a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable romance that leaves an impression.
October 24, 2012
it's a simple story bout boy meet girl and looove it. it just that simple :)
½ June 17, 2012
Decent but dated melodrama in which, by random, a woman (Judy Garland) meets a soldier (Robert Walker) in front of a giant clock in New York City. The begin talking and instantly fall in love, lose each other on the subway, meet again in front of the clock, determine their names so they won't lose each other again, and decide to get married. It's got some emotion and two good stars, but it just doesn't work perfectly anymore. I can see being a big hit back in 1945, but sadly not today. The score is however good.
January 21, 2012
This film is a tear-jerker and a lovely way to spend an evening...watching it.
November 30, 2011
A soldier meets a girl in New York, and guess what? They fall in love. Unchallenging story which New York lovers will love because its set in New York.
September 25, 2011
My favorite Judy Garland movie....and she never looked lovelier than in this movie.
August 3, 2011
This film may seem predictable by today's standards. However I found it to be a "darling" of a movie for being so old.
January 24, 2011
The only movie where Judy Garland doesn't sing which proves she can hold up a movie without showing her gifted voice. It a great love story though honestly the ending was a little inconclusive for me but other then that great drama love story and sometimes it was even funny.
December 11, 2010
judy garland is great in her first non musical role
Super Reviewer
½ October 18, 2010
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.
½ October 15, 2010
This was unexpectedly moving! It's very sweet and starts off like a typically charming boy-meets-girl, but this film has a surprisingly big heart.
October 3, 2010
Handsomely mounted romance - well structured, well shot, and well acted. Perhaps Judy Garland isn't so nuanced at this stage in her career, but Robert Walker is both charming and kinda innately creepy at the same time. It works nonetheless. The real standout is Keenan Wynn's single-take drunken performance, which must go for about 4 or 5 minutes. Very entertaining. Some beautiful shots from Minnelli, too - the most striking one being Walker, on a speeding subway, shooting straight into a close-up as he desperately searches for Garland. Haven't seen that one before.
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