It Happened Tomorrow


It Happened Tomorrow

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A rollicking comedy-fantasy set in the 1890s, It Happened Tomorrow is the story of a young newspaper reporter (Dick Powell) who longs for the "big scoop" that will make him famous. At a party, Powell is drawn into a conversation by an elderly newspaper employee (John Philliber) given to spouting philosophical statements about the future. Through the mysterious old man's auspices, Powell is made privy to special editions of his newspaper, each of which carries tomorrow's headlines. Thanks to his seeming gift for prophecy, Powell becomes the paper's top reporter, and also gets tied up with a phony mentalist (Jack Oakie) who hopes to use Powell's "gift" to win at the races. Unfortunately, each of Powell's prognostications results in near-disaster for himself or his girl friend (Linda Darnell), the mentalist's niece. One morning, Powell glances at one of his special newspapers, only to read his own obituary! The desperate measures taken by Powell to stave off the Inevitable lead to a slapstick climax on the roof of a fancy hotel. Lest the audience become unduly concerned over Powell's ultimate fate, the film is framed by a flashback, related by Powell on the occasion of his 50th wedding anniversary. Superbly directed by Rene Clair, It Happened Tomorrow deftly weaves its fanciful premise into an uproarious and surprisingly credible 84 minutes.


Dick Powell
as Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens
Linda Darnell
as Sylvia Smith / Sylvia Stevens
Jack Oakie
as Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
Edgar Kennedy
as Inspector Mulrooney
John Philliber
as Pop Benson
Edward S. Brophy
as Jake Schomberg
George Cleveland
as Mr. Gordon
Sig Rumann
as Mr. Beckstein
Jack Gardner
as Reporter
Eddie Coke
as Sweeney
Emma Dunn
as Mrs. Keever
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Critic Reviews for It Happened Tomorrow

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Audience Reviews for It Happened Tomorrow

  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is sort of sci-fi , sort of comedy, and sort of a thriller, and mixes these genres well. I enjoyed this movie, and I recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2008
    Cute premise, not perfectly executed but pleasantly charming fantasy. Linda Darnell is almost unbelievably beautiful.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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