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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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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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Another dismal B-film role for Lucille Ball at RKO...
15 November 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Poor Lucy. It's a wonder she ever got any of the big breaks that came her way when you see how she was mistreated at RKO in a bunch of ingenue roles that required not even one-third of her talent.

She's barely even visible in this trifle, a gangster movie that has RICHARD DIX getting most of the attention as a newspaper reporter on the heels of a rackets number gangster (CY KENDALL) while Lucy sits on the sidelines and pops up in only a few scenes. Even in the scenes she's in, she's hardly given more than a few lines to speak.

The plot is nothing special, just a series of car chases and shootouts that make little sense since none of the characters are anything more than cardboard fixtures. Lucy's not the only one wasted here. ALLEN LANE as her kid brother has virtually nothing to do and DONALD MacBRIDE does his usual turn as an exasperated police officer.

Trivia note: JOHN ARLEDGE, who plays "Red", and serves as the juvenile comedy relief, played a dying soldier this same year (1939) in GONE WITH THE WIND. And incidentally, Lucille Ball was sent to audition for David O. Selznick as a Scarlett O'Hara hopeful. Can you believe it???


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