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Four Hours to Kill! (1935)

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 ... See full summary »

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Joe Morrison ...
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Mrs. Sylvia Temple
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Helen
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Mae Danish
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Carl Barrett
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Taft
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Mac Mason
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Anderson
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Capt. Seaver
Olive Tell ...
Mrs. Madison
Lee Kohlmar ...
Pa Herman
Bodil Rosing ...
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Lois Kent ...
Little Girl
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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11 April 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paramount Pictures production numbers 1545 and 1041 (for New York and Hollywood offices). See more »

Soundtracks

I Hate to Talk About Myself
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger and Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Good movie, interesting characters - a lot of substance in a short movie.
21 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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