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Hour of Decision (1957)

 -  Mystery  -  April 1957 (USA)
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An American journalist solves the mystery of an unpleasant columnist's murder and clears his own wife, one of the many suspects.

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Jeff Morrow ...
Joe Saunders
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Mrs. Margaret Saunders / Peggy
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Albert Mayne
Mary Laura Wood ...
Olive Bax
Carl Bernard ...
Inspector Gower
Anthony Snell ...
Andrew Crest
Garard Green ...
Tony Pendleton
Margaret Allworthy ...
Denise March
Robert Sansom ...
Reece Chadwick
Vanda Godsell ...
Eileen Chadwick
Alan Gifford ...
J. Foster Green
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Gary Bax
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Caligraphy Expert
Marne Maitland ...
Club Waiter
Richard Shaw ...
Detective Sergeant Dale
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An American journalist solves the mystery of an unpleasant columnist's murder and clears his own wife, one of the many suspects.

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An Inspector with shades of Morse
18 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This whodunit gets off to a good start in Lionel Jeffries' nightclub as we're introduced to slippery, philandering, gossip columnist Gary Bax - Anthony Dawson, every bit as convincingly disreputable as he was in DIAL M FOR MURDER. He staggers out poisoned, and reporter Joe Saunders (Jeff Morrow) assists the police to track down the killer, knowing that their chief suspect is his wife Peggy (Hazel Court) who was being blackmailed by Bax over an earlier affair she'd had with him.

Strangely, chances are ignored to build much suspense around Peggy's predicament and the middle section falls rather flat as Joe and Carl Bernard's authoritative Inspector Gower interview a variety of suspects. The latter is one of the more interesting characters. "My parents had a twisted sense of humour, you won't get my first name out of me" he dryly remarks at one point. Shades of Morse. The plodding investigation and a singularly unconvincing denouement results in the film failing to fulfil its early promise. It's all put together with a certain style and sophistication however and will be enjoyed by those who appreciate British mystery films of the period, especially if they're fans of the glamorous Hazel Court.


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