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The Clock

Released May 25, 1945 1h 30m Romance List
100% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 83% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
While on a two day leave in New York City, soldier Joe Allen (Robert Walker) meets secretary Alice Mayberry (Judy Garland) when she trips over him. They hit it off, and Alice decides to show Joe around. As they tour the sights of New York, they begin to fall in love. After inadvertently meeting a milk deliveryman (James Gleason), they befriend him and help him finish his route. The next morning, they decide they should get married before Joe must return to duty. Read More Read Less
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Richard Brody New Yorker 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. Apr 14, 2020 Full Review James Agee TIME Magazine Director Vincente Minnelli's talents are so many-sided and generous that he turns even the most over-contrived romanticism into something memorable. Feb 28, 2018 Full Review Sean Burns Crooked Marquee A musical in spirit, if not execution. Judy Garland doesn’t sing, but she might as well. Jun 23, 2022 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row One of Garland's finest films, and one of the era's most piercing romances. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 15, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy As the couple spend time together and we spend time with the couple, the film blossoms into a touching romance. Rated: 3/4 Jun 12, 2022 Full Review James Agee The Nation It is strictly a romance, and in every -- essential respect a safe one, safely ae disappointing and angering in the thought of the great film it might have been. Jun 24, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Frances H These two people were written as too dub for words! Much better film with Robert Walker has him opposite Jennifer Hones, who he married later, but then Hones was a much better actress. That film was Since you went Away, and if you want to see a better movie, go watch it instead of this one! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/24 Full Review Aldo G A simply love story that contains one scene - a reunion - that will touch those emotional chords a film like this should do. It was Judy Garland's first role playing an adult and she delivers. Robert Walker isn't who I would have cast (Jack Lemmon, maybe), but he's acceptable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/08/23 Full Review Audience Member A wonderful WW2 romantic tale represents the times. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Jesse D A dear, beautiful, kindhearted movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/07/21 Full Review David Windsor Absolutely charming. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/03/20 Full Review Audience Member The best romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis While on a two day leave in New York City, soldier Joe Allen (Robert Walker) meets secretary Alice Mayberry (Judy Garland) when she trips over him. They hit it off, and Alice decides to show Joe around. As they tour the sights of New York, they begin to fall in love. After inadvertently meeting a milk deliveryman (James Gleason), they befriend him and help him finish his route. The next morning, they decide they should get married before Joe must return to duty.
Director
Vincente Minnelli
Producer
Arthur Freed
Screenwriter
Robert Nathan, Joseph Schrank
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Romance
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 25, 1945, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 30m
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