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The Time Of Your Life (1948)

Drama/Comedy · 1h 49m · 9/3/1948

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Description

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.[4] 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!"

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

William Cagney Productions

Budget

$2,000,000
Cast
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Marlene Aames

Maria (Nick's daughter)
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James Barton

Kit Carson (a cowboy also called Murphy)
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Gale Page

Mary L. (a woman of quality)
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Ann Cameron

'B' girl (uncredited)
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John 'Skins' Miller

Drunk
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Tom Powers

Freddy Blick (a stool pigeon and frame-up artist)
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Eddie Borden

Salvation Army man (uncredited)
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Donald Kerr

Bookie (uncredited)
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Moy Ming

Sam (Nick's cook) (uncredited)
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Floyd Walters

Sailor (uncredited)
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Rena Case

Salvation Army woman (uncredited)
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Richard Erdman

Willie (the pinball machine maniac)
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Joseph Allen

(uncredited)
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Wayne Morris

Tom (Joe's stooge and friend)
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Ward Bond

McCarthy (a blatherskite)
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Lanny Rees

Newsboy
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Claire Carleton

'Killer'
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Grazia Narciso

Nick's mother
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Nanette Parks

Elsie Mandelspiegel (a girl in love)
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Renie Riano

Lorene Smith (a blind date)
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Howard Freeman

Slumming society gentleman)
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Natalie Schafer

Slumming society lady
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Reginald Beane

Wesley (the pianist)
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Pedro de Cordoba

Arab philosopher
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Jimmy Lydon

Dudley Raoul Bostwick (a young man in love) (as James Lydon)
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Paul Draper

Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
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William Bendix

Nick (saloon owner who loves horses)
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James Cagney

Joseph T. (who observes people)
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Jeanne Cagney

Kitty Duval (stage name of Katerina Koronovsky)
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Gladys Blake

Sidekick
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Broderick Crawford

Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
Crew
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William Saroyan

Writer
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Nathaniel Curtis

Writer
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H.C. Potter

Director
Disc Releases
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(DVD)

9/28/2004

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(DVD)

1/21/2012

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(DVD)

10/21/2003

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(DVD)

2/10/2004

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The James Cagney Collection: The Time of Your Life/Blood on the Sun/Something to Sing About

(DVD)

10/26/1999

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(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

4/1/2000

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(DVD)

10/17/2000

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(DVD)

11/14/2000

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(DVD)

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(DVD)

1/5/2002

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(DVD, Other)

6/7/2016

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