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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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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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According to "Crazy Sundays" by Aaron Latham, Producer Mankiewicz thought he could rewrite any writer and after Ogden Nash had done what he thought was a "respectable job" on the script for months, the producer put his pencil to the script and finished his rewrite job in 24 hours by crossing Nash's name off the picture. See more »

Quotes

Henry Linden: [Sarcastically] Hannah, why don't you have all your teeth pulled out? It sometimes helps.
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Mood Indigo
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard
Played as a record to which Joan Crawford dances in the Wisconsin farmhouse
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Margaret shines brightest
17 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

High class soap opera with the MGM sheen and a cast of great actors. Joan's a respectable if restless performer who marries Melvyn Douglas on a whim and goes back to his family home where trouble awaits and that's when the fun begins.

The story of family animosity and dangerous attraction isn't anything new but as presented here by these super professionals and director Borzage they find ways to make it compelling.

Joan is unquestionably the star of this enterprise and she holds her own with the strong cast that surrounds her while looking glamorous and suffering nobly.

Fay Bainter turns her usual warm and understanding persona on its ear as a harridan twisted by jealousy and bitterness. Robert Young turns in good work as a bit of a weasel and Melvyn Douglas although Joan titular co-star really doesn't have much to do and is absent from a good deal of the film but he does what is required of him with his usual skill. The marvelous Hattie McDaniel has a tiny role as Joan's maid with the improbable name of Belvedere and injects a small dose of levity into the heavy going dramatics.

Good though they may be and Joan is the queen of this little opus they are all outshone by one of their fellow actors. Margaret Sullavan as Young wife gives a performance of such quiet beauty she wipes anyone else off the screen whenever she's on it. An actress of great skill and subtle intensity she makes her Judy a character that seems far more real and relatable than anybody else on screen. Her output was small, only 16 films in total, but she always had a vivid and alive presence on screen.

If you enjoy dramas with an adult, if a tad melodramatic, outlook enacted by talented performers this is for you.


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