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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 Sanders
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Peggy Sanders
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Gary Bax
Mary Laura Wood ...
Olive Bax
Alan Gifford ...
J. Foster Green
Carl Bernard ...
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Elvin Main
Anthony Snell ...
Andrew Crest
Vanda Godsell ...
Eileen Chadwick
Robert Sansom ...
Rees Chadwick
Garard Green ...
Tony Pendleton
Marne Maitland ...
Club Waiter
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Caligraphy Expert
Margaret Allworthy ...
Denise March
Richard Shaw ...
Sgt. 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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Sleep inducing murder mystery
24 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite an impressive cast list, this British murder mystery is strictly hokum, a B-picture justly forgotten by modern audiences. It tells the tale of a ghastly gossip columnist - you know, like those ones who write for The Sun - who's murdered at a posh restaurant. An investigative journalist (American star Jeff Morrow, of THE GIANT CLAW fame) decides to solve the case by going through the suspects in turn.

About the only thing this production has going for it are the cast members. There's Hammer starlet Hazel Court, as winsome as ever as the journalist's beautiful wife. Anthony Dawson is the snide murder victim. Arthur Lowe pops up in a cameo, Marne Maitland is reduced to playing a waiter, and Lionel Jeffries bags a largish role too.

Unfortunately the rest of HOUR OF DECISION is strictly routine and the murder mystery itself is consistently boring, heavily indebted to the likes of Agatha Christie. It feels sluggish, especially at the climax where all the suspects gather in the club for a final reckoning. The production values are limited and there's no incident or atmosphere to speak of, leaving this completely missable.


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