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The Scarlet Hour (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | April 1956 (USA)
An unhappy wife uses her powers of manipulation to draw an infatuated man into an ill-fated jewelry heist.

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Pauline 'Paulie' Nevins
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E.V. 'Marsh' Marshall
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Kathy Stevens
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Ralph Nevins
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Phyllis Rycker
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Lt. Jennings
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Dr. Sam Lynbury
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Tom Rycker
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Fat Boy
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Tom Raymond
James Stone ...
Dean Franklin (as James F. Stone)
Maureen Hurley ...
Mrs. Lynbury
James Todd ...
Inspector Paley
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An unhappy wife uses her powers of manipulation to draw an infatuated man into an ill-fated jewelry heist.

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Another Dramatic Hit From Academy Award Director Michael Curtiz!

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After a few appearances on TV, film debut of Carol Ohmart. See more »

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Never Let Me Go
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Nifty and rare little noirish drama
19 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Carol Ohmart and Tom Tryon are having a little rendezvous on a deserted road, when they overhear three guys plotting to knock over a house and steal $350,000 worth of jewelry. Since Ohmart is trying to ditch her husband (James Gregory), she eventually concocts a plan to rob the burglars, and suckers Tryon into it. The plan almost comes off … except that Gregory suspects the two are getting it on, and follows them. Tryon holds up the burglars, but as he makes his escape, the two burglars fire at him. Meanwhile, as Ohmart waits for Tryon in the getaway car, Gregory confronts her. Ohmart shoots him, and lets Tryon think the burglars hit him by accident. Of course, things slowly unravel from there, and there is also a neat twist involving the owner of the jewels.

There is some talent involved – Michael Curtiz directed, and keeps the pace moving fairly well. The supporting cast is good, and features Elaine Stritch as Ohmart's friend, and E. G. Marshall and Edward Binns as a couple of detectives. Richard Deacon has a bit as a jeweler. David Lewis (who played Edward Quartermaine for so many years on "General Hospital") makes his film debut. As a bonus, Nat King Cole appears and sings "Never Let Me Go." Tryon is acceptable in his role, but that's about it. Ohmart, who was wonderfully treacherous as Vincent Price's wife in House on Haunted Hill, looks great, but her voice is a little too monotone to suit me.

One of the screenwriters is billed as Rip Van Ronkel. Apparently he didn't want to use his real name, Rupert Stiltskin.


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