The Clock (AKA Under the Clock)
Garland’s playful side comes out in this WWII-set romcom.
Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason
USA 1945. 90min
A BFI National Archive print
The term rom-com didn’t exist when Garland made her first non-musical film but there’s no better way to describe this charming WWII-set romance. From the meet-cute in Grand Central Station with Robert Walker’s wide-eyed soldier on 48-hour leave to the race to get married before their time together runs out you see a playful side to Garland rarely glimpsed on screen.