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A detective who has "four hours to kill" before delivering his prisoner, an escaped killer, spends the time in the lobby of a Broadway theater where a musical is playing. The film focuses on the relationship between the two men, and also between various characters in the theater audience, staff and cast. Written by
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 »
Good movie, interesting characters - a lot of substance in a short movie.
This is a much older movie than I normally watch, but I would watch it again, and again. The old style of camera work, the effectiveness of glances between characters - the use of the eyes - all very well used to develop the mood and ultimately the story.
There was a long speech by the theater manager which exemplifies the moral, religious attitudes of many at that time. Seems really phony by today's standards, but not out of place at all in this setting. It is also a key to the miracles that happen before the conclusion of the movie. It provided the morality lesson in a story cluttered with wrong-doings.
Noticed one continuity error. Generally people wear their wrist watches on the opposite wrist than the hand with which they write. The detective states he is left-handed - appropriate to the script. Later we see his watch on his left wrist. Enough for a smile, but not at all enough to damage the quality of the movie or story.
I was surprised and delighted by how much I enjoyed this old movie. I will watch it again.
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