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The Witching Hour (1934)

Jack Brookfield, a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne, Thorne kills an ... See full summary »

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Guy Standing ...
Judge Martin Prentice (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Jury Foreman
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Nancy Brookfield
Tom Brown ...
Clay Thorne
Olive Tell ...
Mrs. Helen Thorne
Richard Carle ...
Lew Ellinger
Ralf Harolde ...
Frank Hardmuth
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Frank Sheridan ...
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Gertrude Michael ...
Margaret Price
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
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Jack Brookfield, a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne, Thorne kills an enemy of Brookfield's while under a trance. No one believes Brookfield's protestations that Thorne is innocent of any murderous intent, so Brookfield teams up with retired lawyer Martin Prentice in hopes of saving the young man from the gallows. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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26 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Motivet ubekendt  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Remake of The Witching Hour (1916) See more »

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An Under-Rated 1930's Gem!
26 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful horror-thriller from the end of the PreCode Era directed by the legendary Henry Hathaway. It is a very RARE film title to find these days but it is well worth the search! This 1934 forgotten gem moves at a great pace and includes gambling, hypnotism, and murder. A young man commits murder after accidentally being placed under hypnosis, and must find someone to defend him at his trial. It is based on a play by Augustus Thomas and features an outstanding cast of characters headed by Guy Standing, John Halliday and Tom Brown. The interesting back-story involves an illegal gambling den, a cat's-eye ring, and both telepathy and ghostly apparitions that cause the movie to fall into the realm of the fantastic.


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