Five Golden Hours (1961)

 |  Comedy  |  February 1961 (USA)
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A petty crook gallantly consoles wealthy widows and is doing all right in his chosen profession until he meets and falls in love with a lovely baroness, who knows all about get-rich-quick ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Bondi
Baroness Sandra
Mr. Bing
Kay Hammond ...
Clelia Matania ...
Doctor Alfieri
Father Superior
Reginald Beckwith ...
Brother Geronimo
Avice Landone ...
Sydney Tafler ...
Martin Benson ...
Bruno Barnabe ...
Leonard Sachs ...
Mr. Morini


A petty crook gallantly consoles wealthy widows and is doing all right in his chosen profession until he meets and falls in love with a lovely baroness, who knows all about get-rich-quick schemes. The crook evolves an ingenious swindle geared to the time differential between New York and Rome and works it on his string of widows, but the baroness takes off with the dough. The crook flees to a mental home to escape the wrath of his victims. Written by alfiehitchie

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Schöne Witwen sind gefährlich  »

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When Aldo is first seen at the mental Hospital, he is wearing a dressing gown with the initials "MZ", the initials of the film's director, Mario Zampi. See more »


Gabrielle: Ah, that Roberto. But why did he have to cheat?
Raphael: Debts! More than 160 million lire. And he figured that by gambling with our money he could pay off his debts and us. But...everthing just went pffff!
Gabrielle: And that's when he went...over the cliff?
Raphael: Oh, no. No. He told Sandra about his predicament and she, nice girl that she is, gave him all her jewellery but that went pffff in the same way.
Gabrielle: Well, it was decent of Sandra to have given him all her jewellery.
Raphael: As matters now stand, you'll get back about 2 ...
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money caper. First half moves quite slow.
1 May 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

George Sanders steals the show in this caper, which stars Ernie Kovacs and Cyd Charisse. Kovacs, who only acted part time, is probably better known for his role in "Bell, Book, Candle", which is on TV all the time. Cyd Charisse, professional dancer, plays the mourning widow, and almost had a starring role with MM in Something's Got to Give. Five Golden Hours starts pretty slow. After a dragging first half hour, we finally find out about the widow's financial problems (26 minutes in...) and what "five golden hours" represents.. Then it's after that that Aldo Bondi (Kovacs) proposes a solution to the financial woes. There are plot twists, and the second half of this film could almost be a Mel Brooks movie, (moving much quicker than the first half) when filming on various locations such as a monastery and others. Clever ending... pay close attention!

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