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24 Hours (1931)

A nightclub singer is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she is found murdered, her lover is suspected of the crime.

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Marion Gering

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Louis Weitzenkorn (screenplay), Louis Bromfield (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clive Brook ... Jim Towner
Kay Francis ... Fanny Towner
Miriam Hopkins ... Rosie Duggan
Regis Toomey ... Tony 'Sicily' Bruzzi
George Barbier ... Hector Champion
Adrienne Ames ... Ruby Wintringham
Minor Watson ... David Melbourn
Charlotte Granville Charlotte Granville ... Sairna Jerrold
Lucille La Verne ... Mrs. Dacklehorst
Wade Boteler ... Pat Healy
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A nightclub singer is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she is found murdered, her lover is suspected of the crime.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twenty-Four Hours See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Superb Acting -- Fluid Camerwork -- Solid Precode Plot -- Why Is This Movie Obscure?
2 January 2015 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

In 24 HOURS, Clive Brook drinks, Miriam Hopkins sings, Kay Francis suffers, and Regis Toomey acts. Only two of them will survive to the end of this engrossing movie. Can those two find happiness, or at least a little recognition for their fine performances?

It's always a surprise to find a gem hiding in a shady corner of the internet, and distressing to find that the only way to discover this one is through a wanton copyright violator (now shut down). In this case -- I think the reason for the obscurity is lack of TCM exposure, and a copyright owner who has not found the hook to release an 83 year old movie, because the director isn't Wellman, Hawks, Lubitsch, Ford, or Curtiz, and the stars, while certainly well enough loved by fans of the pre-code, don't get a lot of notice today.

This is a real shame, in this case, because this one is a real find, helped by the very strong acting and a plot with a strong strain of melancholy, and sense of doom which. with the striking photography, suggests film noir. Colin Clive and Regis Toomey are responsible for a lot of arid celluloid, but in this case, the director has drawn out strong performances out of both of them. Kay Francis delivers a good performance out of the one thankless role (the suffering wife), and Miriam Hopkins does real well with the nightclub singer who has more personality than voice.

I'm sure the movie will reappear again -- as long as copyright owners bury their lest well-known product -- violators of 80 year old copyrights will flourish. But, really, this one deserves a reissue in a shining new print. Olive Films? Criterion Collection? TCM? Universal? How about it?


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