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STUDIO:

Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

PRODUCTION NUMBER:

1331

PRODUCTION DATES:

[Zinneman}
August 1, 1944
- August 2, 1944
[Minnelli]
September 1, 1944
- November 21, 1944

PRODUCTION COST:

$1,034,207.70

RUNNING TIME:

90 minutes

RELEASE DATE:

May 25, 1945

INITIAL BOX OFFICE:

$2,783,000

MEDIA | PHOTOS

ABOUT THE FILM:clockheraldfoldoutlg

The Clock was Judy's only non-singing role for MGM, and one of the few times she's seen in a contemporary story in contemporary clothing. And it's the last time she would appear in a black & white film at MGM as well. She looks beautiful and her acting is so natural that you tend to forget that she's acting. She's that good. She and Robert Walker make a great pair, but sadly this is the only time they ever worked together.

The Clock is a lovely wartime love story about a very impresionable young soldier (Robert Walker) who meets and falls in love with a New York City office worker (Judy) while on his 48 hours leave. It's filmed with just the right amount of tenderness by Minnelli, who famously makes New York a "third character", even though the film was shot on the MGM lot in Culver City, California.

The film was released in the United Kingdom as Under The Clock.

The film was originally to be directed by Jack Conaway, he was replaced by Fred Zinnemann after becomming ill while shooting the location shots in New York. Zinnemann was replaced by Vincente Minnelli after his footage was deemed unusable, and he and Garland did not "click" (Garland wanted Minnelli all along, as he had just directed her to great success in Meet Me In St. Louis - the biggest hit of her career thus far).

The cost of the Pennsylvania Station set on Stage 27 was $66,450.

Sadly, the original Penn Station in New York City was torn down in 1963 to make way for what is now the Madison Square Garden complex. The lower level tracks remain basically the same.

Producer Arthur Freed, musical director Roger Edens, and screen writer Robert Nathan all make cameo appearances in the film, a la Alfred Hitchcock.

Moyna MacGill, who plays the "Woman in Restaurant" was Angela Lansbury's mother!

MGM purchased the unpublished short story in 1943 for $50,000 at the urging of producer Arthur Freed.

Martha Green wrote an early draft of the screenplay, but Freed did not like it so he assigned Joseph Schrank and Robert Nathan who wrote most of what we see in the film today.

This was producer Arthur Freed's first dramatic film.

The unofficial theme song of the film is "If I Had You" which is used in the underscore. Judy recorded the song for Decca Records on July 7, 1945.

* Much of the data on this page is provided Hugh Fordin's fantastic book ""The World Of Entertainment" (now available under the reprint title "M-G-M's Greatest Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit"); and the many Garland biographies both in and out of print, including the wonderful book by Scott Schechter "Judy Garland - The Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Legend".

CAST:

Judy Garland as Alice Mayberry

Robert Walker as Corporal Joe Allen

James Gleason as Al Henry

Keenan Wynn as The Drunk

Marshall Thompson as Bill

Lucille Gleason as Mrs. Al Henry

Ruth Brady as Helen

Uncredited: Moyna MacGill as "Woman in Restaurant"; Ruby Dandridge

 

screenshot1065CREW:

Produced by: Arthur Freed

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Assistant Director: Al Shenberg

Screenplay by: Robert Nathan and Joseph Schrank

Based on a story by Paul Gallico and Pauline Gallico

Score by: George Bassman

Recording Director: Douglas Shearer

Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari

Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis and Mac Alper

Costumes superviced by: Irene, Associate: Marion Herwood Keyes

Makeup: Dorothy Ponedel

Director of Photography: George Folsey

Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, Warren Newcombe

Editor: George White

MEDIA

1991 laser disc and VHS
The Clock 1991 LaserdiscThe Clock 1991 Laserdisc backThe Clock 1991 VHS


2007 & 2012 DVD releases:
The Clock DVDitem8The Clock