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De bar der begoocheling (1948)

The Time of Your Life (original title)
A wide variety of persons come into Nick's Pacific Street Saloon, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

William Saroyan (Pulitzer Prize play), Nathaniel Curtis (adapted for the screen)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Joseph T. (who observes people)
William Bendix ... Nick (Saloon Owner Who Loves Horses)
Wayne Morris ... Tom (Joe's stooge and friend)
Jeanne Cagney ... Kitty Duval (stage name of Katerina Koronovsky)
Broderick Crawford ... Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
Ward Bond ... McCarthy (a blatherskite)
James Barton ... Kit Carson (a cowboy also called Murphy)
Paul Draper ... Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
Gale Page ... Mary L. (a woman of quality)
Jimmy Lydon ... Dudley Raoul Bostwick (a young man in love) (as James Lydon)
Richard Erdman ... Willie (the pinball machine maniac)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Arab Philosopher
Reginald Beane ... Wesley (the pianist)
John 'Skins' Miller John 'Skins' Miller ... A Tippler
Tom Powers ... Freddy Blick (a stool pigeon and frame-up artist)
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Storyline

Joe spends a lot of his time at Nick's Pacific Street Saloon. Tom, who credits Joe with once saving his life, stops by regularly to run errands for Joe. Today, Tom notices a woman named Kitty when she comes into Nick's, and he quickly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, a distraught young man repeatedly calls his girlfriend, begging her to marry him. Nick himself muses on all the various persons who come into his bar, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time. Written by Snow Leopard

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A dramatically different Cagney in a daringly different picture! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De bar der begoocheling See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Joe: Living is an art, it's not bookkeeping. It takes an awful lot of rehearsal for a man to get to be himself.
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Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
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Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
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Cagney is always worthwhile.
13 June 2001 | by kong-7See all my reviews

I have now seen every movie James Cagney has made. For some reason, until recently this film hasn't been on television for years. While Maltin found this film disappointing, I really enjoyed it. It is a cozy sort of movie with about 98% of the film taking place in a barroom. Cagney is terrific as the man who sits at the table observing life as it passes him by. Everyone who comes in talks to him. Cagney's real life sister Jeanne, gives a fine performance as the daydreaming girl from Chicago. William Bendix has to be one of the greatest character actors of all time. His performance as Nick, the owner of the bar, glues the film together. This movie was well worth the wait.


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