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6 Hours to Live (1932)

A murder victim is brought back to life by a scientific experiment. However, the effects only last for six hours, and he must find his killer in that time.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Morton Barteaux (story "Auf Wiedersehen"), Bradley King | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Baxter ... Capt. Paul Onslow
Miriam Jordan ... Baroness Valerie von Sturm
John Boles ... Karl Kranz
George F. Marion ... Prof. Otto Bauer (as George Marion Jr.)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Baron Emil von Sturm
Irene Ware ... The Prostitute
Beryl Mercer ... The Widow
Edward McWade ... Ivan
John Davidson ... Kellner
Edwin Maxwell ... Police Commissioner
Dewey Robinson ... Blucher
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A murder victim is brought back to life by a scientific experiment. However, the effects only last for six hours, and he must find his killer in that time.

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seis Horas de Vida See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to correspondence in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Library, early versions of the script had character "Paul Onslow" attending a conference dealing with disarmament rather than trade agreements. Jason S. Joy, the Director of the Studio Relations Office of the Advanced Materials and Processing Program, expressed concern about this, advising the studio that they might wish to consider turning the conference into a more vague peace treaty matter. He especially wanted them to avoid "any implication that the delegates are interested in international graft rather than in international peace." Joy explained that "The important thing is not to undermine public confidence in disarmament conferences in which our country and other countries right now are very much interested." See more »

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Auf Wiedersehen
14 July 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Although the credits acknowledge an original story by Gordon Morris & Morton Barteau called 'Auf Wiedersehen', the footsteps in which this film seems most strongly to be following is David Belasco's hit Broadway fantasy of 1911, 'The Return of Peter Grimm' (filmed twice in the silent era and again in 1935 with Lionel Barrymore); especially as screenwriter Bradley Page had also scripted the 1926 version with Alec B. Francis directed by Victor Schertzinger.

Despite the hourglass & pendulum accompanying the opening titles, the talky plot belies the race against the clock suggested by the title, and a religious element increasingly intrudes as the film progresses. It is vaguely implied that Warner Baxter has now seen the afterlife, from which he has returned temporarily with clairvoyant powers (since he knows in advance why John Boles arrives late) and a new-found belief in God.


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