It Happened Tomorrow poses a novel premise on which to spin a comedy-drama – what happens when a cub reporter gets a copy of tomorrow’s newspaper. Results provide diverting escapist entertainment, with many sparkling moments and episodes along the line.
Although there are numerous broadly sketched sequences aimed for laugh reaction, picture carries undercurrent of Continental directing technique of Rene Clair. The welding is more than passably successful, but main credit for picture’s status can be handed to script by Clair and Dudley Nichols [based on ‘originals’ by Lord Dunsany, Hugh Wedlock and Howard Snyder, and ideas of Lewis R. Foster]; it picks up every chance for a chuckle or laugh in both dialog and situation.
Dick Powell, cub on the sheet, is befriended by the rag’s veteran librarian who, after death, hands the youth copies of the next day’s paper for three successive days.
Interwoven is his meeting and quick romance with Linda Darnell, medium and niece of mindreader Jack Oakie.
1944: Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, Sound