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The Fatal Hour (1940)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  15 January 1940 (USA)
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When Captain Street's best friend Dan O'Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco... See full summary »

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Marjorie Reynolds ...
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Charles Trowbridge ...
Frank Puglia ...
Harry 'Hardway' Lockett
Craig Reynolds ...
Frank Belden, Jr.
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Tanya Serova
Harry Strang ...
Det. Ballard
Hooper Atchley ...
Frank Belden Sr.
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Griswold (as Jason Robards)
Richard Loo ...
Jeweler
Jack Kennedy ...
Mike, Police Sergeant
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When Captain Street's best friend Dan O'Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco and unmasks the killer, though not until several more murders occur. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Hora Fatal  »

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Trivia

Filming began November 28 1939, the fourth of the 6-film series, which Boris Karloff quickly followed with "Black Friday." See more »

Goofs

When Street and Logan are arguing about her story in the paper. The sergeant calls into Street's office saying "There is a gentleman here to see about O'Grady."

Street sends Bobby out to 'interview' him. When she goes out into the anteroom, she asks the 'gentleman' "Are you Mr Lyons?"

The man's name was never mentioned. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bill Street: I'll see you later.
Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan: Not me, flatfoot. Get one of the nurses out of the receiving hospital. They don't mind a pain in the neck.
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Followed by Phantom of Chinatown (1940) See more »

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Class cast, class script and fun to watch
14 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Karloff tops a first class cast supported by the beautiful Marg Reynolds, who was at the beginning of her climb up the ladder after years of bit parts. (She was the fem lead in the best of all Abbott and Costello films, Time of Their Lives (A must see)). Grant Withers as the top cop works with the oriental Karloff character to solve a couple of murders. Others who shine are Frank Puglia as a shifty crime boss and Lita Chavret as the second fem banana. Script by Scott Darling and George Waggner holds well. This is a typical 1940's classic that is fun to watch. Directed by the very professional William Nigh who has more than 100 notches on his directorial gun. Made by Monogram studio. This is one of 50 films in the Horror Movie DVD pack that's well worth investigating. This film is well worth the time.


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