Today's review is of The Clock . The movie is based on a short story by Paul Gallico. Arthur Freed was the producer. This production had several directors. During pre-production Jack Conway started shooting urbane scenes in New York but became ill and was replaced by Fred Zimmemann. Eventually, Fred Zimmemann was replaced by Vincente Minnelli,at the request of Judy Garland.
Vincente Minnelli was a Hollywood film director and Theatre director. His skilled integration of story, music, lighting, and design elements in a film made him the most critically respected crafter of musical film..... This was Garland's first dramatic role as well as the first motion picture made by her in which she did not sing. She also did not sing in Judgment at Nuremberg or A Child is Waiting.
Robert Walker -Cpl. Joe Allen
James Gleason- Al Henry
Keenan Wynn- The Drunk
Marshall Thompson -Bill
Ruth Brady -Helen
Paul E. Burns -Bartender
Chester Clute- Michael Henry
Dick Elliott- Friendly Man
Robert E. Homans- Official
Moyna MacGill- Luncheonette Lady
Arthur Space -Blood Tester
Ray Teal- Cop
George Bassman-Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons-Art Director
William Ferrari-Art Director
Edwin B. Willis-Set Designer
Mac Alper-Set Designer
Paul Gallico-Short Story Author
Pauline Gallico-Short Story Author
Arnold A. Gillespie-Special Effects
Warren Newcombe-Special Effects
The lady at the luncheonette counter in the diner is Moyna MacGill, Angela Landsbury's mother.
Problems with the Movie:
The clocks in the film, the main timepiece is located in the Astor Hotel, Times Square. The famous hotel was once located at 1515 Broadway. Built in the Beaux Arts style in 1904, the Astor was demolished in 1967 and replaced by One Astor Plaza, a tall office-tower structure.
The wistful piano player at the Italian restaurant is Roger Edens. Edens was the director of music at MGM and a close friend of Judy Garland.
In the scene where Judy Garland and Robert Walker are riding in the milk truck, the song being
I think this is a good movie overall. It is pure fluff. It will put you in a good mood.