The Clock

Synopsis: Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together. In this short time they find themselves falling in love with each other, and they decide to get married before Joe has to return to camp.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production: MGM
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Local number 17 leaving at 12.:03

for Newark, Perth Amboy,

Elizabeth, Trenton Junction, Trenton,

Philadelphia, Track 22.

Local number 12 for Philadelphia, Track 22.

Dixie Flyer for Trenton, Philadelphia,

Baltimore, Washington,

Richmond, and points south,

ready on Track 15.

Dixie Flyer on Track 15.

- Pardon me, sir.

- Here. You can keep them.


Excuse me, sir, could you tell me

how to get out of this place?

- Why, you go up.

- Where does that take you?

Seventh Avenue.

You're just in from camp, huh?

- Yes, that's right.

- You got a nice day for it.

- Yes, I...

- Yeah?

It certainly is a big place, isn't it?

- Yes, certainly is. You a stranger here?

- Yes, sir, I am.

Well, you'll like it here. Goodbye.


- What are some of the things to see?

- Well, how long you got?

Just two days.

Now, what do you think would be

the best thing to do on a Sunday?

Gosh, I wouldn't know.

I work here but I live in Jersey.

It's the first time in 11 years

I've been here on a Sunday.

But you'll find plenty to keep you busy.


- Well, thanks.

- Don't mention it. Good Luck.

Hey, mister! Soldier!

Soldier, look behind you.

My heel! My heel!

- Who? Me?

- No. Behind...

I'll be right up.

- What'd you do, sprain your ankle?

- No. No.

Look, you wanna stay off that foot

if you twisted it...

- I didn't twist it.

- You don't wanna put any weight on it.

- You can do yourself a lot of harm...

- I just...

- ... if you're not careful.

- But I didn't...

You know, a friend of mine did

one of this...

- Say, the heel fell off!

- Yes, I know.

That's what I was trying to tell you

down there, but you wouldn't listen.

I'm sorry. You stay here.

I'll go get it for you.

- What was it? Just a little heel?

- Yes.

Hey, what are you doing?

I found it! I got it!

I... I'm sorry.

I didn't know what you meant.

Thank you.

Would you help me down, please?

Thank you.


No, it's perfectly all right.

I can do this by myself.

- No, I think I'd better help you, ma'am.

- No, it's all right.

Now, you want to stay off that foot

with the heel off,

- 'cause you might really twist it.

- Oh, really!

You'll be all right, ma'am. You wanna

keep your shoe off the floor though,

or you might get those nails in your foot.

- I'm all right.

- Well, I...

Look! There's a shoe repair shop.

Come on.

- It's closed.

- Well, let's try it.

He's going to open it.

Look, we've got a busted heel.

We've got a busted heel.

- Well, I go that way.

- And where does that take you?

- Fifth Avenue.

- Fifth Avenue, huh? Well, is that far?

No, not very. It's only about...

Look, I don't suppose you...

Well, you see, I'm so new around here.

I wonder, do you mind if I go a little ways

with you and sort of look around?

- No. Not if you want to.

- Thank you.

- Say, this is a city.

- Isn't it?

These buildings, the way they go right up.


- Is it all like this?

- More or less.

Fares, please.

I'll bet you get a cold down-wind

through here in the winter,

pile up a lot of snow, too.

We got a little gully out home and

the wind comes down there 80 miles an...

Fares, please!

- How much is it?

- Two dimes. Put them in there.

I guess he thought I was trying

to get away with something.

- This city must seem very strange to you.

- Yes, ma'am. I'm green as grass.

- I suppose you've lived here all your life?

- No.

You mean you're a stranger here yourself?

No, not exactly. I work here.

I came here three years ago.

- You got folks here, then?

- No. There's Radio City up ahead.

And Saks Fifth Avenue.

- You mean you live all alone?

- No. There's Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

- You're not married, are you?

- No. I live with another girl.

What do you do,

if you don't mind my asking?

- I'm a secretary in an office.

- I see.

What kind of an office

do you work in, Miss Alice?

- Gesundheit.

- Thank you.

- What kind of an office do you work in?

- Just an office.

- I guess you think I'm pretty nosey.

- Yes, you are.

- And I guess... I'm sorry.

- Well, it doesn't really matter.


You're not catching cold, are you?

No. No. It's the sun.

It always does this to me.

I always sneeze exactly twice,

and then I'm all through.

- There you are.

- Hadn't you better keep it?

- No. I'm all finished. Thank you very much.

- All right.

Don't you think you ought to get off here?

- I mean, we're almost to the park.

- I didn't have anywhere to go.

I was just going along with you.

- But if I bother you, I...

- Oh, no, of course you don't bother me.

- I didn't mean that.

- Are you sure? Good.

I just mean that this bus

doesn't go very far...

- Did you say it went to the park?

- Yes.

You mean they've got a park

right in the middle of all this?

With trees and grass and everything?

Yes. I think you'd enjoy it there.

There's a lake and there's a children's...

You wouldn't care to walk just a little

with me in the park, would you?

No, that's out of the question.

I can't. I've got to get home.

- You mean you're in a hurry?

- Yes, I'm...

- Gesundheit!

- Thank you.

I never get tired of watching them.

They're such comedians.

Did you ever stop to think

how some animals remind you

so much of people you know?

Yes, I know exactly what you mean.

Well, you take that one,

the one that just got up on the rock.

I've got an aunt looks just like that.

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Robert Nathan

Robert Gruntal Nathan (January 2, 1894 – May 25, 1985) was an American novelist and poet. more…

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