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The Big Frame (1952)

The Lost Hours (original title)
Approved | | Mystery | May 1953 (USA)
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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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 ...
Bristow
John Horsley ...
Brown
Jack Lambert ...
John Parker
John Harvey ...
Kenneth Peters
Sam Kydd ...
Fred - mechanic at Bristow & Brown
Thora Hird ...
Hotel Maid
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Ballard Berkeley ...
Doctor
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Six Blacked-Out Hours That Branded Him KILLER!

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Mystery

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May 1953 (USA)  »

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The Big Frame  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Crick Crack Beats
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Music by San Totis (i.e. Alexander Laszlo)
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Watchable British noir, derivative but involving
16 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE LOST HOURS is a fairly interesting and watchable small-time British thriller. This one has been noticeably modelled on the American film noir genre, and there's even an imported lead (Mark Stevens) to help make it feel like an American flick.

The storyline is a straightforward mystery about a pilot who's slipped a Mickey Finn one night and wakes up in the morning accused of murder and with no memory of the night's events. Luckily he has a few people willing to help him keep one step ahead of the police, and a gradual uncovering of the mystery follows.

Alongside Stevens, the film features the hard-working John Bentley, who gets to do something a little other than his stock hero type role. He's not very convincing in the part, though. Far better is the smouldering Dianne Foster, the femme fatale type, who really brings her rather racy screen moments to life with some heavily suggestive dialogue. There are cameos for the ubiquitous likes of Thora Hird, Ballard Berkeley, Duncan Lamont, and Sam Kydd. Altogether it's a familiar kind of picture, derivative but involving all the same.


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