This article is part of #CleanMovieMonth2020, our month-long celebration during July. For the past three years, we have declared July #CleanMovieMonth, an exclusive celebration of the American Breen Era (1934-1954) during which we only watch Code films. In addition to avoiding movies from all other eras, we are reviewing twenty new Code films during July. To accomplish this, we are publishing twelve short reviews of new Code films in addition to the two articles we would normally publish each week in our regular series 100 New Code Films.
#7 – The Clock (1945)
Judy Garland, Robert Walker, and James Gleason
Director: Vincent Minnelli Producer: Arthur Freed, Production Company: MGM
A soldier on two-day leave in New York City meets a girl by accident in the train station and asks her to show him around, which she agrees to do because he is a stranger in town. After spending some time together, they realize that they love each other deeply, so they race against the clock to get married before his leave is up.
Good Code Film
Highly Recommended, Five Stars
This is a wonderful movie. I heard about it a few years ago and thought it sounded charming. I am trying to watch all Judy Garland’s Code films, a goal which I am close to attaining, so we decided to watch this movie last weekend as part of our July 4 celebration. This is the only non-musical film which Judy Garland made during the Breen Era. She doesn’t sing a note in this film, but her acting is so compelling and charming that she doesn’t need her voice to make her character endearing. Robert Walker is so sensitive and lovable in this part. The tender story of a soldier on leave and a generous girl who wants to help him enjoy himself is so heartwarming. These characters don’t have much time to get to know each other, yet their relationship is developed very thoroughly and convincingly. The New York City locations, such as Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Pennsylvania Station, are wonderful to see, especially if you have enjoyed visiting the Big Apple, as I have. This movie teaches that we should seize the opportunity for happiness and love when we have the chance and not be afraid of the future. It also shows that, when you are unafraid to be kind to someone else, good things can come to you, too.
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