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Twelve Crowded Hours (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 3 March 1939 (USA)
One night of twelve crowded hours in the life of a newspaper investigative reporter out to get the goods on the master-minds who operate the profitable Numbers Racket in a big city. His ... See full summary »

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George Costain (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
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One night of twelve crowded hours in the life of a newspaper investigative reporter out to get the goods on the master-minds who operate the profitable Numbers Racket in a big city. His quest is somewhat hampered by a romantic redhead, her less-than-stellar brother, a fat police detective, and henchmen, with bad intention, crawling out of the woodwork, and sewers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MOB MEN making millions on illegal policy-slips...pitted against a dynamite news-hawk on the inside track of red murder that baffled even law's bloodhounds! (original poster) See more »


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3 March 1939 (USA)  »

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12 Horas de Aflição  »

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Al Herman is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Nick's Driver," but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

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When Keller comes to Green's apartment and finds Costain and Green inside, he walks in and stops in the middle of the room. A conversation ensues. Keller then notices the handkerchief and compact on the desk, but he and the other two men are now another two yards/ metres further into the room. See more »

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A breezy "B"

Twelve Crowded Hours is a tidy, swift and enjoyable little "crime comedy". Richard Dix, who seemed much more at ease in these programmers than in "A" features, is good as the newspaper reporter trying to bring the mobster responsible for his editor's death to justice. He manages to temper the character's innate cockiness and make him likeable. Lucille Ball enthusiasts may be disappointed with her role here; even though she has a few funny lines, her Paula Sanders is drab. Coming off much better are Donald MacBride as the sour detective and Cy Kendall as the burly mob boss. (The type of higher-profile role he should have had more often.) A nice, breezy 64 minutes.


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