Repeat Performance

Repeat Performance is a 1947 American film noir crime drama (with fantasy elements) starring Louis Hayward and Joan Leslie. The film was released by Eagle-Lion Films, directed by Alfred L. Werker, and produced by Aubrey Schenck.

Repeat Performance
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfred L. Werker
Produced byAubrey Schenck
Written byWilliam O'Farrell (novel)
Screenplay byWalter Bullock
StarringLouis Hayward
Joan Leslie
Tom Conway
Narrated byJohn Ireland (uncredited)
Music byGeorge Antheil
CinematographyL. William O'Connell
Edited byLouis Sackin
Bryan For Productions
Eagle-Lion Films
Distributed byEagle-Lion Films
Release date
  • May 22, 1947 (1947-05-22)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$600,000[1] or $1.3 million[2]


On New Year's Eve 1946, a woman is standing over her dead husband with a gun in her hand. She panics and goes to her friends for help. While seeking help from her friends at a pair of parties, she wishes that she could live 1946 all over again.

Magically, because she wished exactly at the strike of midnight on New Year's, her wish is granted and she is transported back to the beginning of 1946 with her husband alive. She attempts to relive the year without making the mistakes she and her friends made throughout the year, but certain events repeat themselves nonetheless, leaving Sheila to question whether there really is such a thing as fate or not.

The story climaxes again on New Year's Eve, when through Sheila's interferences over the year, her husband becomes convinced that she's trying to destroy him. He violently confronts her. Her friend William, who believed in Sheila's foresight, shoots her husband with her gun.



The film changed the original story where the girl was the villain because it was felt Joan Leslie could not play a villain.[1]


This film was remade as the television film Turn Back the Clock (1989) directed by Larry Elikann. It featured Jere Burns, Wendy Kilbourne and original cast member Joan Leslie.

See also


  1. Tom Weaver, It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition McFarland, 2000 p 272
  2. "Eagle-Lion's US Performance Reviewed by Foy in NY", Variety, 19 March 1947 p 13
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