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36 Hours to Kill (1936)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 July 1936 (USA)
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Gangster Benson is on a train with G-man Evers and newswoman Marvis. First these two have to get the gangster, then they have to get each other.



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Complete credited cast:
Frank Evers
Anne Marvis
Duke Benson
Jeanie Benson
Stepin Fetchit ...
Julius Tannen ...
Dr. Borden
Warren Hymer ...
Romaine Callender ...
James Burke ...
Jonathan Hale ...
Gloria Mitzi Carpenter ...


Gangster Benson is on a train with G-man Evers and newswoman Marvis. First these two have to get the gangster, then they have to get each other.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

24 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Across the Aisle  »

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in She Was an Acrobat's Daughter (1937) See more »


Row, Row. Row Your Boat
Sung a cappella by Brian Donlevy and Gloria Stuart as a round
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Better Than Expected
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

36 Hours to Kill (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

I had never heard of this film before seeing it but I noticed it had Brian Donlevy and Gloria Stuart so I decided to record it off FMC. A fugitive thief (Douglas Fowley) boards a train in L.A. so that he can get to Kansas City to collect $150,000 that he won in a jackpot. Hoping to evade the police who are looking for him, he gets to know a reporter (Donlevy) and a woman (Stuart) who is also running from the police. To say anything else would ruin a few surprises the film has to offer. This is a pretty good little thriller that has plenty of turns in the screenplay but all of this is ruined by some incredibly bad comic relief in the form of a retarded (or just plain stupid) black operator on the train. I'm not sure if this guy was suppose to be retarded or if its a black stereotype of a really dumb guy but this humor really kills the mystery of the film. The three leads are in very good form and director Eugene Forde, who also did some Chan films for Fox, keeps things moving nicely.

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