(aka 'Under the Clock')

Directed by Vincente Minnelli and Fred Zinnemann (uncredited)
USA 1945


  Vincente Minnelli's first nonmusical (1945) is a charming and stylish if somewhat sentimental love story about a soldier (Robert Walker) on a two-day leave in New York who meets and marries an office worker (Judy Garland). Filmed on a studio soundstage with enough expertise to make it seem like a location shoot, the film is appealing largely for its performances and the innocence it projects. (Similar qualities can be found, at a half-century remove, in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.) In addition to Walker and Garland, Keenan Wynn and Moyna Macgill are well used.

Excerpt of Jonathan Rosenbaum's review at the Chicago Reader located HERE.


Theatrical Release: March 22nd, 1945

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:06 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Vintage Pete Smith Specialty short: Hollywood Scout
• Classic cartoon: The Screwy Truant
• Audio-only bonus: Radio-show adaptation with Judy Garland and John Hodiak
• Original theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2007

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A solid notch below many Warner classic film transfers of the past. It is a shade hazier with less than stellar contrast. Damage is also a marginally more visible (scratches and marks) than we are used to. A shame because the film is marvelous. It is still progressive and has excellent optional subtitles. Audio is clear and consistent. Certainly the film is very watchable in this digital state.

There are some supplements - a Pete Smith short (occasionally amusing) and a great Tex Avery cartoon, plus a Radio show adaptation that I skimmed through (to be honest). A worn theatrical trailer is also included.

The film is a must-have - superior to Miracle in the Rain (with many similarities), which I also enjoyed. It may be cliché but 'they don't make them like this anymore'. Recommended! 

Gary W. Tooze



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