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The Time of Your Life [1948]

Director:H. C. Potter
Writer:Nathaniel Curtis
Composer:Carmen Dragon
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:Unrated
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A wide variety of persons come into Nick's Pacific Street Saloon, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time.

Reaction: A nice slice of life. There are some interesting characters here.

Personal Rating: 7/10

H. C. Potter => Director
Nathaniel Curtis => Writer
Carmen Dragon => Composer
William Saroyan => Original Play
Broderick Crawford => Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
Claire Carleton => 'Killer'
Gale Page => Mary L. (a woman of quality)
Gladys Blake => Side-kick
Grazia Narciso => Nick's Mother
Howard Freeman => Society Gentleman
James Barton => Kit Carson (a cowboy also called Murphy)
James Cagney => Joseph T. (who observes people)
Jeanne Cagney => Kitty Duval (stage name of Katerina Koronovsky)
Jimmy Lydon => Dudley Raoul Bostwick (a young man in love) (as James Lydon)
John 'Skins' Miller => A Tippler
Lanny Rees => Newsboy
Marlene Aames => Nick's Daughter
Nanette Parks => Elsie Mandelspiegel (a girl in love)
Natalie Schafer => Society Lady
Paul Draper => Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
Pedro de Cordoba => Arab Philosopher
Reginald Beane => Wesley (the pianist)
Renie Riano => Lorene Smith (a blind date)
Richard Erdman => Willie (the pinball machine maniac)
Tom Powers => Freddy Blick (a stool pigeon and frame-up artist)
Ward Bond => McCarthy (a blatherskite)
Wayne Morris => Tom (Joe's stooge and friend)
William Bendix => Nick (saloon owner who loves horses)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • William Bendix, who plays Nick, originated the part of Krupp on the stage.
  • During the Broadway season of 1939-1940, the role of Harry was played by then-unknown Gene Kelly.
  • The original Broadway production of The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan opened on October 25, 1939 at the Booth Theater, ran for 185 performances, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1940 and closed on April 6, 1940.