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The Hour of 13 (1952)

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A jewel thief tries to mislead police who suspect that his theft of a valuable emerald is related to the serial murder of eleven policemen.



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Release Date:

21 November 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caminhos da Noite  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[last lines]
Connor: [to the cabbie] Scotland Yard please, cabbie.
Nicholas Revel: You know, the way you say that, Mr. Connor, it could almost be the Ritz.
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A fun film that does credit to the B category
20 September 2009 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Just saw this film for the first time since it's release in 1952. I was 10 years old then and quite enjoyed it. I must say that it has held up pretty well. No great entry in the Victorian, foggy street mystery genre, but it keeps ones interest throughout.

This movie, by the way, was shot in MGM's British studio and features a fine line up of English actors who turn in typically solid performances.

One more thing: this was by no means one of MGM's major productions for 1952. In fact, it pretty much qualifies as a B movie (except for running time); that is, a second, and cheaper, feature on a double bill. By 1952, the traditional B movie (as opposed to pictures that merely had lower budgets than the headlining A efforts) had just about disappeared. Soon, virtually all movies could be classed as A pictures, with the possible exception of the shoestring productions by little companies that often ended up at the local drive-in.

My point is this: studios such as MGM, when they consciously turned out the 60-65 minute movies that were shot in a couple of weeks at most, still maintained a fairly high standard of quality. One can think of the Val Lewton horror films at RKO-Radio Pictures or. . . well, or "The Hour of 13!"

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