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Count the Hours (1953)

Passed  -  Drama | Crime  -  1 April 1953 (USA)
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Lawyer defends migrant worker falsely accused of 2 murders.

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Ellen Braden
Macdonald Carey ...
Doug Madison
Dolores Moran ...
Paula Mitchener
Adele Mara ...
Gracie Sager, Max Verne's Girlfriend
Edgar Barrier ...
Dist. Atty. Jim Gillespie
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George Braden
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Ralph Sanford ...
Alvin Taylor
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The midnight murder of a rancher and his wife leaves circumstantial evidence pointing the finger of guilt toward a married couple, George Braden and his wife Ellen, who live and work on the ranch. George confesses to the killings in order to free his wife from hours of grilling by the police. Despite the best efforts of his defense attorney, Doug Madison , George gets the death penalty. Sunsequent events and his sympathy for Ellen convince Doug that George is innocent but he must find the real murderer to prove it. His man-hunt leads to a former hired hand, Max Verne. With the help of the latter's greedy girl friend, Gracie Sanger, Max is found and admits to the killings. But when a hearing is held, a psychiatrist pronounces him unsound of mind but harmless and the judge sets him free. After the governor rejects Doug's pleas for an appeal for George, the townspeople turn against him, and his fiancée, Paula Mitchener), misconstrues his association with Ellen and breaks their engagement... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A PICTURE AS BOLD AS THE MURDER THAT SPARKS ITS SHOCKING STORY! See more »

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1 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Die Nacht vor dem Galgen  »

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Flawed but interesting thriller
8 October 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

MacDonald Carey stars as a public defender taking on the case of a migrant farm worker accused of killing his employer in this unusual RKO production. Directed stylishly by Don Siegel and marvelously photographed by the great John Alton, whose penchant for deep, angular shots is on display throughout, Count the Hours has plenty of the ingredients you'd expect a noir classic to feature. Sadly, it's let down by a drab screenplay by Karen Dewolf and a dull, Lon Chaney Jr.-style performance by John Craven as the falsely accused handy man. The film also suffers from a Louis Forbes score that features an overdone theremin theme whenever the real villain appears on the screen. Count the Hours looks great and also features good performances by Teresa Wright (in a role that seems tailor made for Patricia Neal) and Jack Elam, but on balance, it remains a frustrating though watchable failure.


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