Thursday, December 22, 2016

It Happened Tomorrow 1944

     This black and white film takes place at the beginning of the twentieth century.  Larry Stevens is a newspaper reporter and he tells his friend Pop Benson that he would like to know tomorrow’s news today.  Later, Larry sees Pop on the street and Pop gives him a newspaper.  Larry doesn’t pay much attention until the next morning.  When he looks at the paper, he sees that the paper is for the next day!  He uses the paper to publish a scoop about a robbery at the opera house.  Inspector Mulrooney runs Larry in because he doesn’t believe any of his story about how he got his news?
     This film reminded me of the TV show Early Edition, I liked that program.  Everything is going somewhat smoothly until Larry sees a headline that has him worried.  Is it possible to change what is reported in this next day’s news?

85 min, Comedy directed by Rene Clair with Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy, John Philliber, Edward Brophy, George Cleveland, Sig Ruman, Paul Guilfoyle, George Chandler, Eddie Acuff.

Note:  Imdb 7.2 out of 10, 64% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4* out of 5* with 16 reviews, Leonard Maltin 3* out of 4*, average viewer rating 4.11 out of 5.
Special Note:  Linda Darnell is very beautiful in this film and she was 21 years old.  Her career ran from 1939 to 1965 when she passed away. The Screen Guild Theater broadcast a 30-minute radio adaptation of this film on September 25, 1944 with Dick Powell and Linda Darnell in their roles.

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