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It Happened Tomorrow [DVD]

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  • Actors: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie
  • Directors: René Clair
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GUP40A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,099 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First ever UK DVD release of this film by acclaimed director René Clair. Twice Oscar nominated. Larry Stevens (Dick Powell) is an ambitious newspaper reporter in the late nineteenth century gaslight era of big city America. Eager to scoop his competitors, Stevens wishes that he could know the news before it happens. When a mysterious old man grants Stevens that power he advises the ambitious reporter against using it. But when Stevens is able to predict what happens twenty-four hours in advance by reading the next day s paper in advance, he becomes unstoppable: scooping all the other papers, beating the police to big crimes and picking sure-fire winners at the race track. Unstoppable that is, until he learns of his own death tomorrow...

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Engaging fantasy, flawlessly made and quietly very entertaining --Halliwells Film Guide

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 27 Dec. 2008
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Larry Stevens (Dick Powell) is a reporter who is mysteriously given the following day's newspapers by Pop Benson (John Philliber). At the same time, he begins to date Sylvia (Linda Darnell) who works as part of a stage act with Cigolini (Jack Oakie). Larry and Sylvia turn up to events that are yet to happen. What happens when Larry reads about his own death....?..

The film has a good story and Dick Powell is funny as the reporter who knows it all. There are some funny scenes, eg, at the racetrack where he predicts all the winners, and when he is resigned to his own death and just has to accept it. Jack Oakie can be generally irritating but he is not so bad in this film. The cast all do well and the film is a slice of fun with a couple of twists at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan Ashby on 24 Dec. 2011
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Dick Powell has always been one of my favorite actors. In the never to be forgotten "42nd Street" to his tough guy image in " Farewell my Lovely" he has proved his acting ability beyond doubt.
In " It Happened Tomorrow " he plays an ambitious newspaper man in a comedy role ably assisted by the beautiful Linda Darnell and the one and only Jack Oakie. The somewhat crazy story takes on a supernatural theme and provides some good entertainment. It's a pity that Mr Powell has to be wearing a moustache but then we can't
have everything, can we ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2013
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I saw this film as a child and it made enough impression on me to want to own it on DVD. Having watched it again as an adult I found that the story is still intriguing but the humour has not aged well.

The plot concerns Larry Stevens, played by Dick Powell, who yearns to know what the future might bring. He is warned that knowing would not necessarily be good for him. When he is given tomorrow's newspaper, events start to unfold to prove the point. The first paper enables him to scoop an exclusive story but people suspect his involvement. The second sees him apparently saving the life of woman who jumps into the river. The third predicts his own death.

As the film progresses it moves from the interesting concept into an increasing amount of slapstick humour and this is where more sophisticated modern-day audiences will struggle. So, for me, the second half of the film now drags a little. But it is worth remembering that this film was made at a grim time when simple, make-me-laugh humour was very much the order of the day. It is therefore very much a product of its time.

Dick Powell, who was a class actor, is an imposing lead and dominates each scene in which he appears. The quality around him is variable.

The transcription to DVD has been done well: the black and white picture is sharp and the sound is clear. In some scenes there is the almost inevitable vertical lining, but this is not intrusive. No bonus material is supplied.

It was an enjoyable trip down memory lane to see this again, and I'm glad I did, but it's not a film that I see myself watching over and over again. It was made to cheer people up during dark times: I'm sure it did its job well. An interesting story. Great in its day: three stars today is fair, I think.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nicola J. Booth on 2 Mar. 2012
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A very good film that doesn't seem to get much airing on the TV. Good transfer to DVD, picture and sound wise. Really good acting. Rather entertaining film.
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