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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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Lady Helen Dearden
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Sir Alan Dearden
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General Lawrence
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Jessie Ralph ...
Lady Hathaway
Dudley Digges ...
Metford
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Hugh Lewis
Robert Greig ...
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E.E. Clive ...
Lord Hathaway
Wallis Clark ...
Grainger
John Buckler ...
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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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Crime | Drama

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10 April 1936 (USA)  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 4, 1944 with Roland Young reprising his film role. 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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87 minutes of unguarded entertainment
7 January 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

The ever graceful and dynamic Loretta Young had a deservedly long movie career from the silent era until the early 1950's. She then turned to television with the popular "Letter to Loretta," where she is well remembered for her entrance sashaying through a door wearing a swirling skirt. "The Unguarded Hour" is from her early talky days in Hollywood before going on to win an Oscar for her fantastic performance in "The Farmer's Daughter."

Loretta plays one of her usual roles as Lady Helen Dudley Dearden a dutiful wife who stands by her husband, the debonair Franchot Tone as Sir Alan Dearden who is on his way to the top of the legal profession in England about to be appointed the youngest attorney general ever. Then appears a blackmailer Hugh Lewis played with his usual aura of chicanery by Henry Daniell. Lady Dearden must pay for some indiscreet old love letters written by Sir Alan to a lover before he met m'lady or the letters will be made public possibly destroying him professionally. Lady Dearden unwittingly finds herself a mystery woman in one of her husband's murder cases. The plot thickens until Sir Alan himself becomes a suspect in the same case. All must be unraveled with a few surprises along the way before the somewhat hasty ending to a well made film.

As with most movies based on plays, there is too much verbiage from time to time but director Sam Wood is able to make things move faster than many similar type vintage mysteries from the same period.


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