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The Unguarded Hour (1936)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 10 April 1936 (USA)
An ambitious barrister and his wife are targeted by blackmailers. In trying to save her husband, the wife becomes involved in a murder case her husband is trying. For his part, the husband's actions make him a suspect in a related murder.

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Lady Helen Dearden
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Sir Alan Dearden
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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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An ambitious barrister and his wife are targeted by blackmailers. In trying to save her husband, the wife becomes involved in a murder case her husband is trying. For his part, the husband's actions make him a suspect in a related murder.

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 23 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia Wednesday 22 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6). In New York City it was first seen Friday 8 April 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco Friday 6 September 1963 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »

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Sir Alan Dearden: Now look here, Bunny, you're a pretty good lawyer. At least, you would be if you hadn't so much money.
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Go Loretta
16 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Loretta Young, Franchot Tone, Lewis Stone, Roland Young, and Henry Daniell are all involved in "The Unguarded Hour," a 1936 film directed by Sam Wood.

Young plays Lady Dearden, a newlywed whose husband's (Tone) promising career as a prosecutor is threatened by letters he wrote to another woman before he was married. The blackmailer (Daniell) gives Lady Dearden some complicated instructions by which to deliver the money to him. She follows his instructions but in doing so, she becomes the only witness in a case her husband is trying. Though a man's life is at stake, she doesn't want her husband to know of the incident.

Pretty good if talky film, with the 23-year-old Young stealing every scene in which she appears with her glorious looks and gentle quality. There are still beautiful actresses, but Young truly had a special look and a gentility we probably won't see again. Franchot does a good job as her handsome husband, and Roland Young is delightful as a family friend. Henry Daniell, who played slimeballs so well, plays a slimeball here.

Enjoyable.


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