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The Big Frame (1952)
"The Lost Hours" (original title)

 -  Mystery  -  May 1953 (USA)
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During a London reunion of a World War II RAF unit, an American pilot gets into a fight with one of his buddies, who is drunk and belligerent. The next day the pilot wakes up in a strange ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Mark Stevens ...
Paul Smith
Jean Kent ...
Louise Parker
John Bentley ...
Clark Sutton
Garry Marsh ...
Insp. Foster
Cyril Smith ...
Det. Sgt. Roper
Dianne Foster ...
Dianne Wrigley
Bryan Coleman ...
Tom Wrigley
Leslie Perrins ...
Dr. Derek Morrison
Duncan Lamont ...
John Horsley ...
Jack Lambert ...
John Parker
John Harvey ...
Kenneth Peters
Sam Kydd ...
Fred - mechanic at Bristow & Brown
Thora Hird ...
Hotel Maid
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During a London reunion of a World War II RAF unit, an American pilot gets into a fight with one of his buddies, who is drunk and belligerent. The next day the pilot wakes up in a strange hotel room with blood on his suit, and can't remember how he got there. Then he discovers that the friend he fought with the night before has been murdered, and he is a prime suspect. Written by

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May 1953 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Enjoyable and rather obscure British crime drama
20 March 2006 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I've recently managed to get hold of a copy of The Lost Hours and found it quite good.

At an RAF reunion, an American pilot drinks a spiked drink and wakes up the following morning with blood on his suit. There was a fight at the party which has killed one of the men and the pilot becomes the chief suspect due to the blood on his suit. He's actually been set up. More murders then take place and as always with these movies, the killer is the least person you would expect...

Despite the low budget, The Lost Hours is quite atmospheric at times, especially the night scenes.

The cast includes Mark Stevens, Jean Kent (The Haunted Strangler) and John Bentley. The supporting cast includes well known British stars like Duncan Lamont (Frankenstein Created Woman, Quatermass and the Pit), a young Thora Hird (Last Of the Summer Wine) and Sam Kydd (Island of Terror).

The Lost Hours is worth watching if you are lucky to catch it.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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