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The Clock

The Clock(1945)

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Soon after arriving in New York City to begin a two-day leave, Corporal Joe Allen meets Alice Maybery, an attractive secretary, and falls instantly in love with her. Joe and Alice spend the afternoon sightseeing around New York and become better acquainted, then, following their visit to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum, the two bid each other farewell. As Alice boards a bus for home, Joe is unable to bear the thought that he may never see her again and chases after the bus on foot. Seeing his earnestness, Alice agrees to meet him later in the evening. When Alice tells her roommate and co-worker, Helen, about her new acquaintance, Helen advises her to stay away from soldiers and warns her that they only break hearts when they leave. Alice, however, disregards Helen's advice, and meets Joe for dinner. As the evening progresses, Alice and Joe become so absorbed in their romantic pursuits that they forget the time and accidentally miss the last bus. Joe later hails a milk truck, mistaking its lights for a taxi, and asks for a ride home. The milk truck driver, Al Henry, agrees to take Joe and Alice home but only if they first accompany him on his milk run. The milk run extends into the early morning hours and by the end, the three have become fast friends. As dawn approches, Al takes Joe and Alice to a diner for breakfast, where a drunk engages Al in an argument and punches him. Because Al is injured and unable to continue his milk run, Joe and Alice complete his deliveries. Later that morning, Al brings Joe and Alice to his home, where Al's wife cooks breakfast for everyone. Mrs. Henry sees the love that is now obvious between Alice and Joe and suggests that they marry right away. Alice and Joe agree, but their wedding plans are later spoiled when they become separated in a crowded subway station. Joe and Alice begin a desperate search for each other, but both soon realize that they have too little information about each other to know where to look or ask authorities for help. Joe eventually finds Alice when they meet at Pennsylvania Station, and immediately takes her to City Hall to get married. A series of bureaucratic complications over blood tests delay their marriage, but Alice and Joe eventually get their City Hall wedding when they appeal their case directly to a judge. Disappointed by their rushed and spare wedding, Alice starts to cry, then she and Joe decide to repeat their vows in a church before Joe goes back to his post to resume his military service. With their vows firmly sealed, Joe bids Alice farewell the following morning, confident that they will be reunited as husband and wife when he returns from the war.