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The Unguarded Hour (1936)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama  -  10 April 1936 (USA)
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A woman tries to save her husband, a prosecutor, from a man who is threatening to blackmail him using letters he has written to an ex-mistress.

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Complete credited cast:
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Lady Helen Dearden
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Sir Alan Dearden
Lewis Stone ...
General Lawrence
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Bunny
Jessie Ralph ...
Lady Hathaway
Dudley Digges ...
Metford
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Hugh Lewis
Robert Greig ...
Henderson
E.E. Clive ...
Lord Hathaway
Wallis Clark ...
Grainger
John Buckler ...
Defense Counsel
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Diana Roggers
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A woman tries to save her husband, a prosecutor, from a man who is threatening to blackmail him using letters he has written to an ex-mistress.

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blackmail | ruse | dover | murder | nobility | See more »

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Crime | Drama

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10 April 1936 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Actors listed in the cast but not seen in the movie include Yola d'Avril (French Maid), Adrian Rosley (French Valet) and Yorke Sherwood (English Bobby). See more »

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[at the Deardens' party, the guests are discussing the ongoing murder trial at which Sir Alan is the prosecuting attorney]
Lady Agatha Hathaway: My dear, I was at the trial today. Alan was thrilling! How he made that murderer squirm!
[she chooses an hors d'oeuvre from the tray offered by the waiter]
Lord Henry Hathaway: All the fellow did was to push his wife off a cliff.
Lady Agatha Hathaway: [as Lord Henry moves to take a canapé, Lady Agatha stops him] Henry!
[Sir Alan approaches]
Lady Agatha Hathaway: Oh, Alan, I was so proud of you today. How long will it take you to finish that ...
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Interesting courtroom mystery is too talky to be really suspenseful...
6 January 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Director Sam Wood can't get much cinematic life into this courtroom drama about a mild-mannered man (Dudley Digges) accused of pushing his wife off the Dover cliffs. Barrister Franchot Tone is the prosecutor who discovers that a woman witness can prove the man innocent--and little does he suspect that that woman is his wife (Loretta Young).

Trouble is there are far too many interior scenes with lots of expository talk so the film, despite a brief running time, moves at a sluggish pace without ratcheting up much suspense.

But Loretta Young is very beautiful (at 23), poised and completely charming as the wife who knows too much. She, Franchot Tone and Roland Young carry much of the film, but there's good support from Jessie Ralph, Lewis Stone and Henry Daniell (who figures prominently in the film's conclusion).

For a story that involves blackmail and murder, it's much too stage bound for comfort, but worth watching to see Loretta Young at her loveliest giving a very capable performance.


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