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The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)

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A beautiful Austrian refugee in England--who is also a Nazi agent--marries a scholarly English pacifist. He lives near a secret military base she needs to get information about so she can help in Hitler's planned invasion of England.

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Jim Hetherton
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Dora Bruckmann
John Sutton ...
Roger Hetherton
Binnie Barnes ...
May Heatherton
Henry Stephenson ...
Gen. Hetherton
Philip Merivale ...
Sir Leslie Buchanon
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Kurt van der Breughel
Edmund Breon ...
Freddy Merritt
David Leland ...
Tommy Hetherton
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Hertha Parkins
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A beautiful Austrian refugee in England--who is also a Nazi agent--marries a scholarly English pacifist. He lives near a secret military base she needs to get information about so she can help in Hitler's planned invasion of England.

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based on novel

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W. Somerset Maugham's most savage portrait of a dangerous woman!

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22 September 1944 (Portugal)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Turgid Somerset Maugham thriller
8 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is generally regarded as the beginning of Veronica Lake's decline from major stardom. She plays an Austrian refugee living in an English stately home at the beginning of the war. The pacifist son of the family, played extremely well by Franchot Tone, falls for her unaware that she is really a Nazi spy trying to find out the location of a secret airfield in the vicinity. Veronica manages the accent quite well but her performance is flat and lacking in energy. To be fair she doesn't get much assistance from the script which seems unsure how to treat her character. It doesn't help that there is no chemistry between her and Tone and that her famous hairstyle (apart from one brief scene) is rigidly knotted for most of the film. Binnie Barnes is downright irritating as an ex-actress who has married in to the aristocracy. Her response to an air raid is to rush and put on her make-up before leading everyone in a rousing chorus of 'Roll Out The Barrel'! It's extremely slow only comes to life in the last 10 minutes with Veronica unmasked and murdered by Tone. The 75 minute running time is unusually short for a Paramount A feature with several key scenes including the round up of the spy ring and Veronica's death not shown on screen. Evidence of post production tampering perhaps?


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