πŸŽ₯ The Time of Your Life – 1948

The Story …

The film is set, with a few exceptions, entirely at Nick’s ‘Pacific Street Saloon, Restaurant and Entertainment Palace’ in San Francisco, where a sign in the window announces “Come in and be yourself,” signed “Nick” (William Bendix).

Joe (James Cagney) sits at one of the saloon’s tables much of the time, observing people coming and going. He is unemployed but apparently well-off, constantly ordering champagne and giving advice or money to others. (It is implied that he has a knack for choosing winning horses at races.)

He desires to live “a civilized life” without hurting anyone and believes the real truth in people is found in their dreams of themselves, not the hard facts of their actual existence …

Joe’s best friend and “stooge,” Tom (Wayne Morris), believes that he owes his life to Joe and runs peculiar errands for him without any apparent desire to make a life for himself. Other major characters include Kitty Duval (Jeanne Cagney), a supposed burlesque actress whose real name is Katerina Kornovsky.

It is implied that she has actually been a prostitute. Tom is innocently infatuated with her, but he only gets the nerve to ask her out and to pursue his courtship with Joe’s urging and help. One young man, Willie (Richard Erdmann), is a “marble game [pinball machine] maniac.”

Another, Dudley Raoul Bostwick (Jimmy Lydon), keeps trying to get up the nerve to call his girlfriend, Elsie Mandelspiegel (Nanette Parks). At one point, he mistakenly calls a different, older woman (Renie Riano) and asks her to meet him at Nick’s but pretends to be someone else when she arrives. Harry (Paul Draper), a “natural-born tap dancing comedian” who cannot make people laugh, is hired by Nick and dances often during the film.

A young Black man (Reginald Beane) enters looking for any kind of work and is hired to wash dishes, but when he notices Nick’s piano, he shows his talent and is amazed that Nick will hire him simply to play.

Among the other characters who come to Nick’s, two of the most significant are Freddie Blick (Tom Powers), who extorts money from Nick and later harasses Kitty, and an older man dressed like a cowboy who refers to himself as “Kit Carson” (James Barton).

By the end of the film, Blick’s attempt to humiliate and coerce Kitty is foiled by the efforts of Kit Carson, Joe, and Tom; Willie finally wins his game; Dudley and Elsie are reunited; and Joe sends Tom and Kitty off to be married, with Tom now having an independent job as a truck driver.

As Joe and Kit sit down to continue telling each other tall tales, Nick takes his sign advising customers to be themselves and rips it up, proclaiming “Enough is enough!”

Credits :

  • Directed by H. C. Potter
  • Written by Nathaniel Curtis
  • Based on The Time of Your Life 1939 play by William Saroyan
  • Produced by William Cagney
  • Cinematography : James Wong Howe
  • Edited by Walter Hannemann and Truman K. Wood
  • Music by Carmen Dragon
  • Production Company : William Cagney Productions
  • Distributed by United Artists
  • Release Date : May 26, 1948

Cast :

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

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_of_Your_Life_(film)

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