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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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Carol Ohmart ...
Pauline 'Paulie' Nevins
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E.V. 'Marsh' Marshall
Jody Lawrance ...
Kathy Stevens
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Ralph Nevins
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Phyllis Rycker
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Lt. Jennings
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Sgt. Allen
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Dr. Sam Lynbury
Billy Gray ...
Tom Rycker
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Fat Boy
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Vince
Johnstone White ...
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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Film debut of Elaine Stritch. See more »

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Never Let Me Go
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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A suspenseful '50s noir from Michael Curtiz
30 October 2014 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

E.V. "Marsh" Marshall (Tom Tryon) is an up-and-coming sales manager for the Ralph Nevin (James Gregory) real estate empire but little does Ralph know that his top employee is having an affair with his slinky wife "Paulie" (Carol Ohmart). Parked in a lover's lane one night, Marsh and Paulie overhear plans for a quarter million dollar jewel heist and high tail it out of there but it does plant a seed. Paulie's husband beats her and she wants out but she came from the tenements and doesn't want to go back so she begs Marsh to help her break free by ripping off the jewel robbers...

There's twists and turns galore in Michael Curtiz' suspense-filled '50s noir that for some reason remains unsung. This was no B-movie, either; it's a Paramount film in VistaVison produced and directed by an Academy Award winner with a sure hand for this sort of thing from a story by Frank Tashlin, of all people. The film "introduces" Tom Tryon, Carol Ohmart, and Jody Lawrance and although none of them went on to major stardom, Tom and Carol had respectable second tier careers. Ohmart was a very sexy lady with the kind of cruel beauty that lent itself well to femme fatale roles and handsome Tom conveys "conflicted" convincingly. Elaine Stritch (her feature film debut, as well) adds heart as Paulie's floozy friend from the old days before she married well and E.G. Marshall's on hand as the investigating police detective. Nat King Cole croons "Never Let Me Go" in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Recommended.


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