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Hour of Decision (1957)

An American journalist solves the mystery of an unpleasant columnist's murder and clears his own wife, one of the many suspects.


(as C. Pennington-Richards)


(screenplay), (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Sanders
Peggy Sanders
Gary Bax
Mary Laura Wood ...
Olive Bax
Alan Gifford ...
J. Foster Green
Carl Bernard ...
Inspector Gower
Elvin Main
Anthony Snell ...
Andrew Crest
Vanda Godsell ...
Eileen Chadwick
Robert Sansom ...
Rees Chadwick
Garard Green ...
Tony Pendleton
Club Waiter
Caligraphy Expert
Margaret Allworthy ...
Denise March
Richard Shaw ...
Sgt. Dale


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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April 1957 (USA)  »

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Tony Pendleton: Mr Gary Bax was immoral, disloyal and thoroughly selfish. I calculate there are at least a dozen other men who feel the way I do, and any one of them who's half-way decent would consider that killing Gary Bax was a public service - like clearing a blocked drain.
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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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