It Happened Tomorrow

It Happened Tomorrow

Director: René Clair Cast: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie

DVD (Black & White)

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Kino International took a couple of years to get Rene Clair's It Happened Tomorrow (1944) out on DVD, but the wait was worth it. From the opening credits onward, the movie looks better than this reviewer remembers it from showings on WNEW-Channel 5 during the early 1960's; there are some odd blemishes here and there, and tiny rips show up in the film source at six minutes into the movie; but these have been nicely repaired and otherwise the contrast, the detail, and the overall look of the transfer are beautiful--the night shots have a seductively silky look and on the whole,given the minor flaws in the source, this is just about as good as any movie of its vintage that's currently available on DVD. The audio is mastered very low, but it is also clean enough to boost up very well, even if it takes double normal volume to bring the audio up to standard. The 84 minute movie has been given 12 chapters, which fits perfectly into the episodic nature of the plot. The disc opens automatically to a menu that is pretty cleverly designed to play off the images and story-line of the film, and very easy to use. The movie itself is filled with unexpected delights -- it's a fantasy film, to be sure, about an 1890's reporter (Dick Powell) who finds a way to get tomorrow's news a day early, with consequences that turn his world upside down, but it's also filled with myriad comical and romantic conceits, most of the latter involving Linda Darnell, who never looked more alluring in her career.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
UPC: 0738329030322
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell Larry Stevens
Linda Darnell Sylvia
Jack Oakie Cigolini
Edgar Kennedy Inspector Mulrooney
Edward S. Brophy Jake Schomberg
George Cleveland Mr. Gordon
Paul Guilfoyle Shep
George Chandler Bob
Eddie Acuff Jim
Marion Martin Nurse
Jack Gardner Reporter
Emma Dunn Mrs. Keever
Eddie Coke Sweeney
John Philliber Pop Benson
Robert E. Homans Mulcahey
Sig Rumann Mr. Beckstein

Technical Credits
René Clair Director,Screenwriter
Helene Fraenkel Screenwriter
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Erno Metzner Production Designer
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Arnold Pressburger Producer
Fred Pressburger Editor
Eugen Schüfftan Cinematographer
Howard Snyder Screenwriter
Robert Stolz Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
Hugh Wedlock Screenwriter
Jack Whitney Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [1:26]
2. Golden Anniversary [2:37]
3. Yesterday's News [4:05]
4. Cigolini & Sylvia [7:06]
5. Wednesday [6:30]
6. Melba [16:32]
7. Body Unrecovered [6:24]
8. A Burglar [8:34]
9. Sweet and Sour [10:06]
10. The Races [7:40]
11. Saint George Hotel [13:36]
12. Closing Credits [:30]

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