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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline 'Paulie' Nevins
E.V. 'Marsh' Marshall
Kathy Stevens
Ralph Nevins
Phyllis Rycker
Lt. Jennings
Sgt. Allen
Dr. Sam Lynbury
Billy Gray ...
Tom Rycker
Fat Boy
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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(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
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
(a Capitol Recording Artist)
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A rare Michael Curtiz gem.

I really don't understand why this Michael Curtiz film is so hard to find. And since so many years. A rather good film noir, in the Warner Bors tradition, except that this time it was produced by Paramount Pictures. And like some other late Curtiz's films, there are no really great stars in this movie. Actors as we could have seen in B pictures. But this is definitely not a B picture.

The usual topic of the triangle: Wife, husband and lover. The gal wants to get rid of her husband with the help of her lover. Characterization, music score, sets by night, everything is very interesting in this authentic and - I repeat - rare gem. Don't miss Nat King Cole singing "Never Let Me Go". A charming movie which reminds me my childhood.

But it is not a masterpiece although.

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