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The Shining Hour (1938)

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

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Cast

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Olivia Riley
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Judy Linden
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David Linden
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Henry Linden
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Hannah Linden
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Roger Q. Franklin
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Belvedere
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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

Olivia 'Maggie' Riley Linden: [to Henry] If only I liked you a little less and loved you a little more.
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Version of The Shining Hour (1951) 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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Quintet
12 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

A minor work by highly talented Frank Borzage is always worth watching .Coming after "Three comrades" it cannot hold a candle to it.But Margaret Sullavan is featured again as Judy and it's finally her character who sums up Borzage's philosophy in "the shining hour" : a woman whose love is so true and so pure she will do anything to make her husband happy ,even if she's got to give everything she's got even her own life.

The screenplay often recalls "Waterloo Bridge" (the first version was made in the early thirties ,the Leigh/Le Roy version was released later in 1939): a plebeian (Crawford) is an intruder in a posh aristocratic milieu.But she is a dancer ,not a prostitute !The only person who wants to get rid of her is old sister Hannah ,still a spinster,but the true reason is not that she's not in the same league (the tea scene is revealing) but that she stole her brother from her.Hannah is an over possessive sister ,in love with Henry ,Fay Bainter's performance leaves no doubt about it.There's a similar relationship in Hitchcock highly underrated "Marnie " (1964) between Sean Connery and Diane Baker.


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