The Scarlet Hour (1956)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Ohmart ...
Pauline 'Paulie' Nevins
E.V. 'Marsh' Marshall
Jody Lawrance ...
Kathy Stevens
Ralph Nevins
Phyllis Rycker
Lt. Jennings
Sgt. Allen
Billy Gray ...
Tom Rycker
Fat Boy
Dr. Sam Lynbury
Johnstone White ...
Tom Raymond
James Stone ...
Dean Franklin (as James F. Stone)
Maureen Hurley ...
Mrs. Lynbury
James Todd ...
Inspector Paley


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!


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alle Spuren verwischt  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of David Lewis. See more »


Referenced in 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »


Never Let Me Go
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Noir by the numbers
7 November 2015 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Desperate housewife wants to run off with her lover, and to get the much-needed cash they rip off a couple of jewel thieves. The jealous husband gets wise to their scheme and tries to beat his wife into submission. In the scuffle his gun goes off, killing the wife-beater. Welcome to Noir Country. This movie starts off promisingly enough, but ultimately disappoints. The main problem are the two leads, who just aren't engaging enough to root for. Especially Tom Tryon as the hapless lover is just not up to it, being weak-willed and spineless from the get-go. Me, i would not organize a kids party with this drip, let alone a jewelry heist. Carol Ohmart is a shade better, but again fails to engage much sympathy. In fact the best performances are by Elaine Stritch and Scott Marlowe as the fun-loving friends of the estranged couple. David Lewis is also suitably menacing as the brains behind the robbery gone wrong. A lot of possible suspense is also prevented by the fact that, as in most 50's thrillers, the police is always just one step behind the culprits. So it's just a matter of time before everybody gets their rightful punishment. ( Phew, that's a relief!) If you're a noir addict like me you might give this one a once-over, but probably once will be more than enough.

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