The Time of Your Life

The Time of Your Life

Director: H.C. Potter Cast: Marlene Ammes, James Cagney, James Barton


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After turning down several other Hollywood producers, playwright William Saroyan sold the film rights of his whimsical Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Time of Your Life to James and William Cagney. The scene is a rundown San Francisco waterfront bar, populated by a group of lovable eccentrics. Joe (James Cagney), a philosophical souse, encourages all around him to indulge in their wildest dreams. Joe's pal Tom (Wayne Morris), a born patsy, runs errands for Joe, the only person who has ever shown him kindness. Kitty (Jeanne Cagney), a streetwalker, willingly allows Joe to sponge drinks off her in exchange for a few nice words. Harry (Paul Draper), an enthusiastic but hopelessly untalented dancer-comedian, is hired by bartender Nick (William Bendix) at Joe's urging. And Kit Carson (James Barton), an addled old man who lives in a dream world, is prodded by Joe into weaving his unlikely reminiscences of the Wild West. It is Kit Carson (James Barton) who solves everyone's problems by eliminating a particularly scabrous detective named Blick (Tom Powers). Time of Your Life was originally filmed with Saroyan's bizarrely humorous ending intact, but the preview audiences reacted negatively, forcing the Cagney brothers to shoot $300,000 worth of retakes. Though many historians have written off The Time of Your Life as a brave failure, the film was actually a hit, grossing $1.5 million.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
UPC: 0874757028095
Original Release: 1948
Source: American Pop Classic
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 75,206

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlene Ammes Nick's Daughter
James Cagney Joe
James Barton Kit Carson
William Bendix Nick
Reginald Beane Wesley
Wayne Morris Tom
Jeanne Cagney Kitty Duval
Gladys Blake Sidekick
Broderick Crawford Policeman
Ward Bond McCarthy
Claire Carleton "Killer"
Paul Draper Harry
Richard Erdman Willie
Howard Freeman Society gentleman
Jimmy Lydon Dudley
Grazia Marciso Nick's Mother
John Miller Drunk
Gale Page Mary L.
Nanette Parks Girl in love
Tom Powers Blick
Lanny Rees Newsboy
Renie Riano Blind date
Natalie Schafer Society woman
Joseph Allen Actor
Eddie Borden Salvation Army man
Ann Cameron B girl
Rena Case Salvation Army woman
Pedro de Cordoba Arab
Donald Kerr Bookie
Moy Ming Cook
Floyd Walters Sailor

Technical Credits
H.C. Potter Director
Reginald Beane Score Composer
William Cagney Producer
Nathaniel Curtis Screenwriter
Carmen Dragon Score Composer
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Roland A. Fields Set Decoration/Design
Walter A. Hannemann Editor
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Wiard Ihnen Art Director
Otis Malcolm Makeup
Truman K. Wood Editor

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