An ambitious newspaper reporter, eager to scoop the competition, wishes he could know the news before it happens. A mysterious old man grants the reporter that power, even as he cautions against using it. Now able to predict the news 24 hours in advance, the reporter goes about scooping all the other papers, picking sure-fire winners at the race track, and enjoying life… until he learns — in advance, of course — of his own death. Our hero’s problem: How can he keep the future from happening? –IMDb
Born under the name of René Chomette in 1898, René Clair René Clair started life as a journalist and then turned to the cinema in 1920. At first an actor and assistant director, he started making films with Paris qui dort and Entr’acte (1924), a pearl of the surrealist cinema.
Commercial success and critical acclaim came with the brilliant farce comedy, An Italian Straw Hat (1927) followed by his famous early musical talkies, Le Million (1931) and A nous la liberté (1932). He continued his career in Hollywood during the war and came back to France to make the films of his mature years, Le Silence est d’or (1947) et Les Grandes manœuvres (1955). René Clair was elected to the Académie Française in 1960 and died in 1981. —Octuor de France
Here you have another example of a promising idea gone to waste. The film was amusing at times, but the writers didn't do a very good job of developing the characters and as a result, what happens to them has very little emotional significance. Apart from getting to marvel at the stunningly beautiful Linda Darnell, you're left with a hokey film of little substance. Bottom line: It could have been much better!