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The Shining Hour (1938)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  18 November 1938 (USA)
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A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law.

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Olivia Riley
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Judy Linden
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David Linden
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Henry Linden
Fay Bainter ...
Hannah Linden
Allyn Joslyn ...
Roger Q. Franklin
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Belvedere
Oscar O'Shea ...
Charlie Collins
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Benny Collins
Harry Barris ...
Bertie
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A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law.

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Drama | Romance

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18 November 1938 (USA)  »

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A Mulher Proibida  »

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MGM originally planned this as a vehicle for Norma Shearer back in 1935. See more »

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Hannah Linden: Let it burn. It needs to burn!
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Referenced in Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007) See more »

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Waltz in C sharp minor, Op.64, No. 2
(1846-47) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played at the nightclub for specialty dance by Joan Crawford and Tony De Marco
Reprised by Robert Young on piano; also played by him in a jazzy version
Incorporated as part of the score
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joan crawford and so many other BIG stars
13 January 2015 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Shining Hour opens with David (Robert Taylor) arriving in town for the wedding of his brother, played by Melvyn Douglas. What a CO-lection of big ol stars - Joan Crawford is Olivia Riley, bride to be, and Joan had gotten her teeth fancied up by now. Of course, she gives David (Taylor) one of her signature slaps about 17 minutes in. Margaret Sullavan is Judy, David's wife, and she hits it off with Olivia right away. Even later in the film, she has an odd, strong friendship with Olivia. She is so sweet and friendly in this one, much different than her role in "Shop around the Corner". (M. Sullavan has such an interesting story. Sometime check out her bio on IMDb... even her husbands were bigshots; didn't end well; died of "accidental" drug overdose at age fifty.) Hattie McDaniel is the maid Belvedere, and there are several jokes at her expense, but she will have the last laugh in Gone with the Wind! Fay Bainter is the strange, serious sister "Hannah", who likes things just the way they are, and doesn't seem to accept Olivia. Hannah goes out of her way to be nasty to her every chance she gets. Clearly, Hannah has emotional issues, and Henry is the only member of the family that will stand up to her. As someone has pointed out, the original play ended SO differently than the film, but this was the LATE 1930s, so the Hays code was in full force, and everything had to be whitewashed and subdued from around 1934 to 1950. David seems to be getting too cozy with Olivia, and Hannah (and others) are starting to notice. I'm guessing the scene where Olivia is up on a ladder, and flirts with Benny was also originally much naughtier than we see in the film. It's a story of family, secrets, sacrifice, proper appearances. Good strong script, good acting. They pack a lot into 76 minutes. When its done, it seems like it was much longer than that. I'm really surprised that currently, this one only has 6 stars out of 10 on IMDb.

Directed by Frank Borzage, who had already won two Oscars, a silent and a talkie. Borzage was the very first to win an Oscar for Best Director.


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