It Happened Tomorrow (1944)



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In the 1890s, Lawrence Stevens (Dick Powell) is an obituary writer unhappy in his job, who is given, by a ghostly deceased newspaper man named Pop Benson (John Philliber), a newspaper that has tomorrow's news. He uses the paper to write stories and get the scoop on other reporters; but this also brings him under suspicion by Police Inspector Mulrooney (Edgar Kennedy), who wants to know how Stevens always seems to know what's going to happen and where, mainly a robbery at a theater's box office during a performance. Stevens and his new girlfriend Sylvia (Linda Darnell) – half of a clairvoyant act with her uncle Oscar Smith (Jack Oakie) – have a number of adventures, until her uncle mistakenly thinks that Stevens has consorted with his niece in her boarding house room. The uncle attempts to intimidate Stevens into marrying her, not knowing that Stevens has come to him to ask for her hand.

Stevens gets another newspaper from Pop Benson, intending to use it to pick horses at the racetrack, to win enough money to get married. Unfortunately, he also reads a story about his own death that night, so he and Sylvia get married immediately and head off to the track with her uncle. Stevens bets on winner after winner, amassing $60,000, which is then stolen on their way back to town. They give chase but are arrested for speeding.

Stevens tries his best to avoid the hotel lobby where his death is supposed to take place, but circumstances keep pushing him in that direction. He spots the man who stole his money and chases him on foot through the streets and over the rooftops, until they both fall through the chimney that leads to the very hotel lobby he's been trying to avoid. A gunfight breaks out, and the thief is shot and killed. Because he has Stevens' wallet on him, he is at first identified as the newspaperman, and his newspaper prints an erroneous story saying that their star reporter has been killed. When a reporter finds out the truth, the newspaper has already hit the streets; and it is this edition that Pop had given him.

So Stevens does not die in the hotel lobby, and he and Sylvia live to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Cast

Dick Powell as Lawrence Stevens
Linda Darnell as Sylvia Smith
Jack Oakie as Uncle Oscar Smith
Edgar Kennedy as Inspector Mulrooney
John Philliber as Pop Benson
Edward Brophy as Jake Schomberg, man taking bets at racetrack
George Cleveland as Mr. Gordon, newspaper editor
Sig Ruman as Mr. Beckstein, circus scout
Paul Guilfoyle as Shep
George Chandler as Bob
Eddie Acuff as Jim
Robert Dudley as Justice of the Peace

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