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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.

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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
Paul E. Burns
as Bartender
Chester Clute
as Michael Henry
Dick Elliott
as Friendly Man
Moyna MacGill
as Luncheonette Lady
Arthur Space
as Blood Tester
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Critic Reviews for The Clock

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

This rapturous wartime romance, starring Judy Garland and Robert Walker, is also a rowdy and tender paean to the liberating vitality of New York's public life and its chance encounters.

April 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Vincente Minnelli's talents are so many-sided and generous that he turns even the most over-contrived romanticism into something memorable.

February 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Like all the best melodramas, it shows us how society is set up to keep our hopelessly ambiguous interior worlds in check. But all you have to do is look at Garland to feel that racing pulse beneath the skin...she knew that love is anxiety.

April 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The film creates an environment bereft of cynicism.

December 27, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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.

September 15, 2010 | Rating: 65/100 | Full Review…

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

February 12, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Clock


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


sweet gentle low key film with a non-singing Judy.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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