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Joe Gimlet (Lee Tracy) is a small businessmen, barely scraping by with his loving wife Mary (Mae Clarke). When successful old friend Ted Wright stops by, who married the local rich girl that could have been Joe's, Joe begins to regret the choices he made in life. After a domestic squabble, Joe is hit by a car and when he comes to finds that he is 20 years younger with a chance to do things over again. Joe gives up Mary, and makes the decisions he missed to become a rich man, using his knowledge of history to invest in burdgeoning industries. But he finds that his money and "other" marriage haven't brought him the happiness he envied or wants.

The Stooges, without Healy, make a brief cameo appearance in this film as singing guests at Joe and Elvina's wedding reception.

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Ted Healy and His Stooges
Release Date
August 25, 1933
Production Type
Feature Film
80 min.
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Posted 2010-07-15 10:48:35 by Final Shemp
This charming little film has elements of It's a Wonderful Life and even Back to the Future, yet predates them both.
Turn Back the Clock never became the classic those two movies became (hell, it took me a while to even find it), but it's a fairly interesting little drama that keeps the viewer in their seat from beginning to end. While the acting is hammy and it's plotting is all over the place, it has enough charm, laughs, and character interest to make a fairly good rainy day viewing.
While its final moral is commendable (just because your life could have been different, doesn't mean it could have been better), throughout the film it seems to be on the tip of its tongue without ever really saying it. Joe spends the entire film miserable with his new life, but in a sort of ignorant bliss of it.
Three Stooges fans may be disappointed in their cameo here. While their scene is amusing, they provide the set-up to the comedy instead of the punch line, as a drunk Lee Tracy takes all the laughs, telling war stories of a war that hasn't even happened yet.
I'd highly recommend Turn Back the Clock, even to non-Stooge fans looking for a nice vintage comedy-drama.
Final Shemp's Final Word: 3 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2002-03-26 08:37:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2006-03-27 09:50:53 by shemps#1
"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" is a great old song and the Stooges do a wonderful job singing it. Their harmony was excellent. Unfortunately, they don't get to show off their comedic talents here. Their voice talents are probably highly overlooked in favor of the slaps, eyepokes and head konks, but as a lover of music and singing in harmony, I can fully apreciate every talent the Stooges displayed. That's another unfortunate thing about Shemp's passing- all the good singing/harmony became a thing of the past. The film itself is okay. Nothing to holler about.
Posted 2003-02-20 21:07:00 by metaldams
Edited 2006-03-27 09:50:38 by shemps#1
If you guys are simply watching this with the Stooges in mind and not open to the fact that this can be a great film in its own right, then you'll be disappointed. The boys have a very short, yet charming cameo role as three singers at Lee Tracy's wedding. They're basically playing it straight and it's interesting to see them that way. If you enjoy classic pre-code comedy like I do, you'll enjoy this one. Sickdrjoe and BeAStooge are correct, the GREAT Lee Tracy.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-05-15 11:30:00 by BeAStooge
Capra-esque ancestor to "It's a Wonderful Life" with the great Lee Tracy. The Stooges, without Healy, have a short walkon as reception guests/vocalizers at Tracy's dream wedding.

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